President, First Lady help NORAD track Santa on Christmas Eve

Saul Bowman
December 26, 2018

The agency said NORAD is "on duty 24/7, 365 days a year - committed to protecting the citizens of both our countries".

The site attracts almost one million unique visitors a year and is run by around 1,500 volunteers, both military and civilian. Over 1,400 volunteers work with NORAD on Christmas Eve at their Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, assist in tracking Mr. Claus. The call went through to Colonel Harry Shoup-the Director of Operations at the Continental Air Defense Command.

In front of a crackling fire and between two Christmas trees, Trump wished Coleman a Merry Christmas and asked the child's age and Christmas plans and wondered how school was going.

"Are you still a believer in Santa?" he asked his interlocutor.

In addition to the NORAD Tracks Santa program and church services Christmas Eve, Trump participated in another holiday tradition, wishing USA troops stationed around the country and the globe a merry Christmas.

First Lady Melania Trump and the president each sat by a phone in the White House's State Dining Room around 6:30 journalists took photos and recorded video of them taking calls patched through from NORAD, the Hill reports.

NORAD says its command centre's Defense Support Program satellites use an infrared sensor to detect heat signatures from Rudolph's nose to provide accurate tracking of the sleigh.

But on Santa's big night, NORAD's radar system is on alert for his take off.

NORAD keeps children everywhere informed on Santa's present location.

Santa's route usually starts at the International Date Line in the Pacific Ocean and then sees him travels west. His first stops include the South Pacific, New Zealand and Australia.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday wished USA troops stationed around the country and the globe a merry Christmas.

Canadian NORAD fighter pilots have the honour of welcoming Santa to North America.

If Santa takes a similar route that he did previous year, he will head through Japan, China, Taiwan, and the Far East initially, on his way down under to deliver gifts to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and Tahiti.

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