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Press-Republican Archives Inside the Alert Facility at Plattsburgh Air Force Base is an entirely different world. There are no windows, no privacy and -- worst of all -- no family. During Christmas, alert controllers put their time and technology to good use tracking Santa Claus through computer relayed messages sent base-to-base. They will assess at precisely what time the jolly fat man will reach the base, knowing after all that Ol' St. Nick would not pass over Uncle Sam's family at Christmas time. (1987)