NORAD, USNORTHCOM and the Mexican Air Force successfully accomplish objectives in AMALGAM EAGLE 16

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM), along with the Mexican Air Force, successfully conducted AMALGAM EAGLE 16, a tactical exercise which was designed to enhance mutual warning and information sharing procedures in support of a cooperative response to a simulation of  an illicit flight that crosses the border.

Representatives from the Mexican Air Force, NORAD and USNORTHCOM conducted AMALGAM EAGLE 16 exercise, 26-28 July, 2016, in the skies over the Gulf of Mexico, and in command centers located in Mexico City, Mexico and in Colorado Springs, Colorado, strengthening the cooperation and partnerships between our countries.

AMALGAM EAGLE is a series of exercises to include command post exercises and a field training exercises, designed to enhance air control procedures between the governments of Mexico and the United States in response to an illegal flight event. It focuses on national procedures for monitoring an illegal flight event and the cooperative hand-off of the illegal flight event from one nation to the other while exchanging air tracking information.  The main objectives of this exercise series are  to exercise and refine procedures for monitoring, tracking, and coordinating responses, as well as establish and exercise military-civilian procedures for responding to an illicit flight transiting U.S. – Mexico airspace, while demonstrating mutual respect for each other’s sovereignty.

“Real-world exchanges and realistic training opportunities such as the Amalgam Eagle Exercise Program have enabled the militaries of Mexico and the United States to build a relationship based on trust, confidence, mutual benefit and mutual respect for each other’s sovereignty,” stated Mr. Joseph Bonnet, the Director of Joint Training and Exercises for NORAD and USNORTHCOM. “As we continue to conduct these exercises, both militaries have successfully expanded their operational networks to include their federal partners,” he added.

NORAD’s mission – in close collaboration with homeland defense, security, and law enforcement partners – is to conduct aerospace warning, aerospace control, and maritime warning in defense of North America.

USNORTHCOM is responsible for Homeland Defense and Defense Support of Civil Authorities. USNORTHCOM provides DOD capabilities for disaster response operations in support of the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, NIFC, and state and local officials.

For more information, contact NORAD and USNORTHCOM Public Affairs at (719) 554-6889.

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