The child wants to know if Pentagon can track Santa Claus and without batting an eye, Rear Adm. Kirby reassures her that the Pentagon is indeed ready to track Santa on Christmas Eve.
"Admiral Kirby," she asked, "Are you ready to track Santa this year?"
While the press corps laughed, Kirby took Natalie's concern seriously and told her how she and her dad could go to the website for the North American Aerospace Defense (NORAD), and command to track Santa as he makes his rounds Christmas Eve.
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What’s endearing is that he didn’t just go back to his briefing but took the time to interact further with the girl, asking her what she wanted for Christmas and joking that the Baymax toy from the movie Big Hero 6 that she wanted, sounded sophisticated enough to be something “we should give the Iraqis.”
NORAD has in fact done the job of tracking Santa since 1955 when Sears accidentally posted its number in an advertisement as a way to reach him.
The site even has a Santa Tracker Countdown that calculates -to the second- when the big guy and his reindeer will take off on their sleigh loaded with gifts to distribute around the world.
The website is a wonder in itself with games and movies was well as Christmas music performed by the U.S. Air Force Academy Band, the U.S. Coast Guard Band, Naden Band and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Band.
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