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Aerospace defense has been tracking Santa of course every year as he travels around the world on Christmas.
Ever since 1955.
Without fail but a new children's book shows.
Just how important this defense command is to keeping Christmas safe Michael Keane is the author of the night Santa got lost how NORAD saved Christmas and he joins us now at the -- like to have you here it's great to be here thanks for us so inspired you to write this.
-- A couple things really one -- I was embedded in Iraq with the US -- 101 airborne division.
Whereas Tom called how -- close to the Syrian border in 2003 on Christmas Day.
The troops came and got -- -- dragged out of bed early.
And what they wanted to show me something and they dragged outside they -- a floodlight on and eliminated this fifteen foot Christmas tree that they had put up.
And the course is -- to find a Christmas tree in Iraq so this is kind of a special moment for me kind of showed the I think.
It ingenuity and kind of that American spirit of trying to celebrate.
Really Christmas wherever they they are write and -- a second event was a couple years later I was invited by US air force general Duncan McNabb who was head of US Transportation Command to Scott Air Force Base.
And they they do this incredible mission of delivering millions of pounds of supplies to troops -- on the world.
By air and land and sea and that kind of inspired me to maybe write this story that.
That that also -- tells the north stories well in terms of tracking Santa on Christmas Eve.
Right in the hole tracking Santa with NORAD this is a funny story to which started as an accident where a hotline for Santa had a wrong number and connected to some diet NORAD and he just made up this story.
Actually so this was the reds on this -- like during the height of the Cold War and the song was always the street college called by the president -- states or the head of the military in the event of a nuclear attack.
And -- -- on Crist on Christmas even 1955.
And a -- picks it up.
And instead of hearing some type of nuclear code or some military warning he hears a little child's voice saying I want to speak the Santa Claus and that was the start of attrition.
The after the all these calls -- coming in and he finally started saying well I can see him on my radar and that began the tradition and out of this tradition now comes your book.
Which tells this is a delightful story the night before Christmas basically.
But -- Santa gets lost in the storm and all of the different branches of the military come together to save the day -- -- -- -- -- just include.
All of the different -- really make this a story about how great our military is.
Yeah it's really for about teamwork and so I really wanted to -- to highlight the role that all the different forces play.
The army and navy the Marines the Coast Guard the air force and -- special operations forces are featured in the story and I think that that's thirteen Morgan come together is really.
Part of something the military is really well known for in terms of accomplishing it's mission.
And they get sent on his way and they help to deliver the gifts through all of their various.
Planes and boats and whatnot -- Everything and illustrations Michael Garland a great job on those -- Michael's agreed illustrator and an author himself and he's a great job with this but it's very cinematic I think.
All right Michael Cain thank you so much for -- thank you for an -- reminder again the book is the night.
The night before Christmas I night's senate got lots emphatic pandora saved Christmas yet and -- -- really it's a great book thank you again and it's.
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