New York Air National Guardsmen from the Eastern Air Defense Sector in Rome will be helping NORAD track Santa Claus and his reindeer on Christmas Eve.

NORAD starts its Santa tracking operation at 5:00 a.m. on Wednesday.

Children and parents can call the NORAD operations floor at 1-877-446-6723 for live updates on Santa or they can track Santa on the web at www.noradsanta.org.

"NORAD has supported Santa Claus' Christmas Eve operations for more than 50 years and we are always delighted to help," said Col. Michael J. Norton, EADS commander. "I can assure everyone that EADS will do everything in its power to assist Santa with his critical mission."