May 13, 2016 – Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. – National Defence/Canadian Armed Forces
United States Air Force Gen Lori Robinson assumed command of the North American Aerospace Defence Command and U.S. Northern Command from Navy Adm Bill Gortney during a ceremony held today at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.
Following remarks from U.S. Secretary of Defense, Ash Carter and Canadian Minister of National Defence, The Hon. Harjit S. Sajjan, the traditional change of command ceremony was presided over by Secretary Carter and the Canadian Chief of the Defence Staff, Gen Jonathan Vance. Also in attendance was the U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen Joseph Dunford, Jr.
NORAD is a U.S. and Canadian bi-national organization charged with the missions of aerospace warning, aerospace control and maritime warning for North America; while U.S. Northern Command is the United States-only Combatant Command responsible for homeland defense efforts and coordination of defense support of civil authorities within the U.S.
“It is indeed a privilege and honor to be trusted with the critical responsibility of commanding the bi-national military organization charged with defending all of North America. I pledge to continue the positive momentum Canada and the United States have created together over the past six decades.”
Gen Lori Robinson, Commander, NORAD and U.S. Northern Command
“NORAD is a shining example of how our two countries continue to work together for our common good. The global security environment continues to present new challenges, and I am confident that Gen Robinson has the skills and experience to lead our unique defence relationship into the coming years.”
Harjit S. Sajjan, Defence Minister
“I am delighted to congratulate Gen Robinson as she takes on this important role. I know that under her leadership, the friendship, collaboration and the operational effectiveness of our bi-national military effort will continue to thrive as we work together to defend the aerospace and maritime approaches to Canada and North America.”
Gen Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff