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Santa’s on his way: Military helps children follow legendary flight

  • FILE – In this Dec. 24, 2014, file photo, NORAD and the U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) chief of staff Maj. Gen. Charles D. Luckey, along with other volunteers taking phone calls from children around the world, the question of where Santa is and when he will deliver presents to their homes, inside a phone-in center during the annual NORAD Tracks Santa Operation, at the North American Aerospace Defense Command, at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. The wildly popular NORAD Tracks Santa operation, the launch of its 61st run at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Volunteers answer phone calls and e-mails, and post updates about Santa’s storybook world tour on Facebook and Twitter. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

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  • FILE – In this Dec. 24, 2012, file photo, volunteers take phone calls from children asking where Santa is and when he will deliver presents to their house during the annual NORAD Tracks Santa Operation, at the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo. The wildly popular NORAD Tracks Santa operation, the launch of its 61st run at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado. Volunteers answer phone calls and e-mails, and post updates about Santa’s storybook world tour on Facebook and Twitter. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

    (Associated Press)

  • FILE – In this Dec. 24, 2014, file photo, volunteers take phone calls from children asking where Santa is and when he will deliver presents to their house during the annual NORAD Tracks Santa Operation, at the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo. The wildly popular NORAD Tracks Santa operation, the launch of its 61st run at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado. Volunteers answer phone calls and e-mails, and post updates about Santa’s storybook world tour on Facebook and Twitter. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

    (Associated Press)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Tens of thousands of children from around the world plan to call the North American Aerospace Defense Command to ask where Santa is, and they get a cheerful reply about his mythical route starts Saturday.

The wildly popular NORAD Tracks Santa operation, the launch of its 61st run at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado. Volunteers answer phone calls and e-mails, and post updates about Santa’s storybook world tour on Facebook and Twitter.

Navy Lt. Cmdr. Paul Noel says of 1,500 volunteers, answered nearly 141,000 calls and more than 2,800 e-mails from last year. The NORAD spokesman is quick to say that his name is Noel.

NORAD Tracks Santa is working from 4 pm MST christmas Eve to 3 pm MST christmas day. The toll-free number is 877-446-6723 or 877-Hi-NORAD.

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