The Eastern Air Defense Sector is an Air Combat Command (ACC) unit permanently assigned to the North American Aerospace Defense Command. A joint bi-national for military organization, EADS is composed of U.S. and Canadian military forces, federal civilians and contractors. Located at the Griffiss Business and Technology Park in Rome, New York. EADS is a subordinate command of the Continental U.S. NORAD Region – 1st Air Force, headquartered at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida.
The Air National Guard provides the majority of the forces for the NORAD mission. At EADS, this responsibility belongs to the New York Air National Guard’s 224th Air Defense Group. The 224th ADG consists of the 224th Air Defense Squadron, the 224th Support Squadron and two detachments in the Washington, D.C. area.
In total, EADS has more than 400 full- and part-time military and civilian personnel. This includes a 15-member Canadian Forces detachment and Army, Navy, Coast Guard and Federal Aviation Administration liaison officers. These personnel work side-by-side with the 224th ADG and are fully integrated into every aspect of the unit.