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Santa Claus On Schedule This Christmas Eve

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He's made his list, checked it twice, and is en route on his yearly trip around the globe. But it's a journey Santa Claus doesn't do without the help from Tyndall Air Force Base.

The 601st Air Operations Center at Tyndall is tracking his journey and happy to report, he's on schedule.

"He's doing well, right on timeline," said Maj. Lee York. "He's going to make it where he needs to."

The AOC's daily mission is to monitor all aircraft on the radar and protect the skies. Christmas Eve, Santa's sleigh is no exception.  

"Santa is on the radar and he's on flight plan, took off the International Dateline heading West," said Col. Mark Carrier.

As he gets ready to make his way into our airspace tonight, he'll be accompanied by two fighter jets for extra protection.

"They'll just be flying alongside him, making sure everyone gets out of his way, and he's safe and make sure he's good," said Maj. York.

Santa has a strict schedule but as the AOC does everything to make his journey a safe one, his schedule also depends on you.

"The quicker they go to sleep then Santa will be able to come through and do his job," said Maj. York.

Remember, he knows when you are sleeping and he knows when you're awake.

If you want to track Santa, go to noradsanta.org. There is also a smartphone app you can download for free.