Mattis Presides at Change of Command for NORAD, Northcom

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis presided at the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command change-of-command ceremony at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado, today.

Mattis thanked the families of outgoing NORAD and Northcom commander, Air Force Gen. Lori J. Robinson, and the incoming chief, Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy.

O’Shaughnessy previously served as commander of Pacific Air Forces, air component commander for U.S. Pacific Command, and as executive director of the Pacific Air Combat Operations Staff, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.

U.S.-Canada Security Partnership

NORAD was established 60 years ago as a joint and binational command – co-managed by the United States and Canada — that conducts aerospace warning, aerospace control and maritime warning in the defense of North America.

“Across North America today, our militaries work in respectful concert,” Mattis said of the security relationship between the U.S. and Canada, “using dialogue in our joint search for solutions to the transnational problems that we must face together, recognizing that the security of our region, and stopping threats from affecting the development of our nations, of our democracies can only be accomplished by harmony and teamwork.”

Mattis lauded Robinson’s…

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