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Yesterday’s Air Force: Operation Santa

November 19, 2019

Twas the night before Christmas when all through
CONAD Colonel Shoup and his wingmen were protecting
the land It was 1955 in Colorado Springs
When all of a sudden the phone starts to ring The call was alarming for this phone was special
Its number was secret, its mission was critical Colonel Shoup answers the phone in a serious
manner To his surprise, he hears a small chatter A small child on the line was inquiring data
And seemed quite adamant about the whereabouts of Santa The colonel confused asked, “May I speak
to your mother?” He wanted to know, how’d they get this number? A popular store had misprinted an ad
Giving directions to call Santa to every young lad But the phone number misprinted
As the digits were shifted Soon the phone began to ring uncontrollably
With children hoping to catch Santa during his journey Instead of hanging up he answered their call
That night Colonel Shoup and his wingmen tracked Santa for all From the east to the west
And the north to the south Their sophisticated radars showed Santa’s
flight And they tracked St. Nick’s progress throughout
the night After that night a tradition was started
CONAD would track when Santa departed In 1958 CONAD transitioned to NORAD
Becoming the North American Aerospace Defense Command But through the transition they continued
the tradition Tracking Santa for all, a most critical mission.


  • Reply Sammie Kohn December 20, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    Love this! <3

  • Reply Chloe Jones December 21, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    This was a Christmas tradition in my family 😊 Good memories, thank you USAF!

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