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By name Newspaper - Published: May 19, 2013

NORAD throws 55th birthday party

Peterson Air Force Base's North American Aerospace Defense Command celebrated its 55th anniversary May 9 with a cake-cutting at its headquarters.

The celebration included remarks from Army Gen. Chuck Jacoby, NORAD and U.S. Northern Command commander, and James Bezan, chairman of Canada's Standing Committee on National Defence.

"What a testament to two great nations deciding together to go after common security issues in a unified manner as an example to our people and really an example to the world," Jacoby told NORAD troops, according to a news release.

"It's quite remarkable, quite a special relationship. And at the heart and soul of it are all of you who work so hard together, shoulder to shoulder, and the complete trust and confidence in each other and how we do business."

NORAD provides maritime warning, aerospace warning and aerospace control for Canada and the United States.

The United States and Canada signed the agreement creating NORAD on May 12, 1958.

The agreement was last updated in 2006, when the maritime warning mission was added to the command's responsibilities.

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Infinity Systems lauded for support

Infinity Systems, a Colorado Springs company, has been selected as a semifinalist for the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, according to a news release.

Colorado Springs Utilities was also selected as a semifinalist for the award, the Department of Defense's highest recognition given to employers for their support of Guard and Reserve employees.

Other Colorado semifinalists include Ball Aerospace in Broomfield; DaVita in Denver; and JG Management Systems in Grand Junction.

These five Colorado companies are among 133 organizations nationwide competing for the award.

Up to 15 recipients will be selected and honored in Washington, D.C., this summer.

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Sinise charity hosts golf tournament

The Gary Sinise Foundation will host its second annual Colorado Golf Tournament Benefit on Monday at the Air Force Academy's Eisenhower Golf Club.

Sinise, of "Forrest Gump" and "CSI: New York" fame, launched his foundation in 2011 with a mission of honoring "defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need" by building houses for severely wounded war veterans, serving meals at USOs across the country, providing send-offs for deploying troops at major airports and other programming.

Tickets start at $250 per golfer and include lunch and a pro golf clinic. A VIP dinner will also be offered,

To purchase tickets, call (303) 548-4344 or visit www.tinyurl.com/GSFgolf.

For more information on the Gary Sinise Foundation, visit www.GarySinise Foundation.org.

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