The Northeast Air Defense Sector
(NEADS), is a component of the North American Aerospace Defense Command
(NORAD) located at what used to be Griffiss Air Force Base
in Rome, New York
. As of November, 2006, NEADS has taken over the Southeast Air Defense Sector
's airspace, giving NEADS the responsibility of providing detection and air defense for the eastern half of the United States. The sector's western perimeter runs along the Mississippi River
, cutting east above Mississippi
and down between Mississippi
. The eastern perimeter of the sector is the Atlantic Ocean
, and the northern perimeter is the Canadian border. It has not been determined whether NEADS will officially be called the Eastern Air Defense Sector or just the Eastern Defense Sector, thus remaining as NEADS until the United States Air Force
finalizes the decision.
NEADS is operated by the Air National Guard (ANG) and reports to the Continental U.S. NORAD Region (CONR) headquarters, in Panama City, Florida, which in turn reports to NORAD headquarters, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. NEADS's Sister-Sector, the Western Air Defense Sector, operates out of McChord Air Force Base in Washington and also reports to CONR.
As of October 2006, Thomas B. Hayes II was Superintendent of Security Forces.
NEADS was the host of the 1999 Woodstock Festival.