By Ph.D. Susan Rosenfeld, Charles J. Gross
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However, the redrafted Quadrennial Defense Review released by the Pentagon on October 1, 2001, designated homeland defense as the nation’s new top military mission. Consequently, in January 2002, NORAD increasedthenumberofairdefensealert sites. The Air Guard ran continuous round-the-clock combat air patrols over New York City and Washington, DC, until spring 2002. In addition, when key events occurred such as the Winter OlympicsinUtah,spaceshuttlelaunches, baseball’s World Series and football’s Super Bowl, similar air patrols helped provide security.
Giant C-5A Galaxies from the 105th Airlift Group, New York ANG, flew sorties in support of those operations. The United States declared the area a no-fly, no-drive zone after Iraq assembled troops on its border with Kuwait. S. Air Force F-16C Block 42 Fighting Falcon aircraft assigned to the 138th Fighter Wing, Oklahoma Air National Guard, takes off for a mission at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, during Combined Task Force/Operation Northern Watch, November 17, 2002. (Photographer: SSgt Jason W. Gamble, USAF.
Next the president flew to Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. Once General Arnold confirmed that the last of the 21 suspicious airline flights was safely on the ground, President Bush returned to Washington. Air National Guard aircraft from Louisiana’s 122nd During the first 24 hours of the crisis, 34 Air Guard fighter units flew 179 missions. S. population centers, and General Ralph E. Eberhart, NORAD’s commander in chief, quickly approved those suggestions. S. on September 11th, First Air Force also had to field irate Fighter Squadron, Iowa’s 174th Fighter Squadron, and the District of Columbia’s 121st Fighter Squadron joined the Texans at various times protecting Air Force One until its return to Andrews Air Force Base.
Air National Guard at 60: A History by Ph.D. Susan Rosenfeld, Charles J. Gross