A 1 p.m. moment of silence was observed today at the Eastern Air Defense Sector (EADS) at Griffiss park for the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
The observance included a prayer by the EADS chaplain that was transmitted over the facility’s address system, said EADS spokesman Tim Jones.
In addition, Col. Paul J. Quigley, commander of the 224th Air Defense Group at EADS, and Lt. Col. Bruce MacLean, commander of the Canadian Forces detachment at EADS, today attended the Genesis Group’s 17th annual 9/11 community prayer breakfast at Hart’s Hill Inn in Whitesboro, said Jones. EADS’ flags were at half-staff today.
EADS, which in 2001 was known as the Northeast Air Defense Sector, on Sept. 11, 2001 worked to track the aircraft that were hijacked by terrorists. The facility scrambled fighter jets that could not reach the planes before they crashed that day.
EADS uses radar technology in coordinating air sovereignty and counter-air operations to defend the eastern U.S. An Air National Guard unit, EADS employs about 400 and is part of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).