PR National Guard participates in NORAD exercises
By John McPhaul
The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) conducted the NOBLE DEFENDER air-military exercise on Wednesday as part of its preparation for the defense of continental soil with the support of the Puerto Rico National Guard.
“For the past few days, a lot of military aerial activity has been seen over the skies of Puerto Rico. This is the military exercise ‘Noble Defender’ carried out by NORAD,” said Maj. Gen. José Reyes, the adjutant general of Puerto Rico, in a written statement.
“This exercise and our participation are part of the preparation of the armed forces in defense of the nation and is carried out in various locations with the participation of the Navy, the Air Force and Air National Guard units from the states of Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico,” Reyes added.
NOBLE DEFENDER consists of a series of operations to validate the command’s ability to defend Canada and the United States from all approach pathways, thereby demonstrating the ability to integrate with other defense and security partners for a holistic defense of North America.
“The public should not be alarmed by these types of maneuvers, since it is part of our responsibility to maintain the readiness of the force for the protection of the nation,” Reyes said. “Likewise, you will see a lot of movement of military vehicles across the island as part of the National Guard Annual Camp.”
NORAD is a binational command composed of the Armed Forces of the United States and Canada, with the purpose of defending the airspace of North America against aerial threats.