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Every year, NORAD staff and volunteers field calls from children inquiring about Santa. Canadian Brig. Gen Guy Hamel joined in the tradition in 2014. Brennan Linsley/AP hide caption

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U.S. Northern Command Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Charles D. Luckey joins volunteers taking phone calls from children during the annual NORAD Tracks Santa Operation, at the North American Aerospace Defense Command, at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Photo taken on Christmas Eve, 2014. Brennan Linsley/AP hide caption

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Col. Harry Shoup came to be known as the "Santa Colonel." He died in 2009. Courtesy of NORAD hide caption

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NORAD's Santa Tracker Began With A Typo And A Good Sport

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