TheÂ North American Aerospace Defense Command, U.S. Northern Command and Mexico’s air force have jointlyÂ monitored a simulated illegal flight as part of theÂ Amalgam Eagle 16 exercise, DoD News reported Wednesday.
Lisa Ferdinando writes the aircraftÂ flew from the U.S. to Mexico and back while U.S. government officials tracked its movementÂ over Texas then turned the monitoringÂ over to Mexico when the aircraft entered Mexican airspace and vice versa.
“Mexico shares a border with the U.S., a very critical border, so it is important to us to keep up good relations with our partners to the south,” saidÂ Air Force Lt. Col. Chris Power, deputy division chief of NORAD operations support.
U.S.Â Customs and Border Protection, Transportation Security Administration and Federal Aviation Administration also participated in the event,Â Ferdinando reported.
Amalgam Eagle is an annual exercise that seeks to build on theÂ information sharing and response cooperationÂ between U.S. and Mexico.