North American Aerospace Defense Command
Over 3,000 civilian military workers are back on the job in Colorado.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has arrived in Colorado Springs to visit military installations.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command is celebrating its 55th anniversary.
Military officials aren’t commenting on a purported North Korean threat to fire missiles at Colorado Springs, home to a large military presence including U.S. Northern Command, which is responsible for homeland defense.
NORAD headquarters in Colorado have been evacuated after five suspicious packages were found, but the command’s control room team was working at a backup location several miles away at the time.
Volunteers have pulled on their Santa hats, and are answering phone lines and monitoring wall-size tracking screens as NORAD Tracks Santa begins its 57th annual goodwill mission.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command says North Korea appears to have launched “an object” into Earth orbit, but neither the missile used nor debris from the launch are a threat to North America.
About 200 Colorado Air National Guard members are leaving on a three-month deployment to the Mideast.
A single-engine plane that entered a temporary no-fly zone in the Denver area has landed without incident after the military scrambled two F-16s to intercept it.
Colorado will probably avoid the worst of the defense budget cutbacks in the post-Iraq, post-Afghanistan era because of the bustling military space operations in Colorado Springs and the Denver area.