Lieutenant-Colonel Nathan Willis, United States Air Force (USAF), was recently recognized as the first Air Force (United States Air Force) Field Grade Officer of the Third Quarter (July to September 2020). He was honoured for his work as a member of Canadian NORAD Region headquarters in Winnipeg, Manitoba, at a virtual ceremony held by Lieutenant-General Kirk S. Pierce, Commander of First Air Force, Air Forces Northern and Continental NORAD Region on Friday, November 20, 2020.
Demonstrating the fully integrated, bi-national relationship inherent in the NORAD structure as Chief of Plans and Exercises for the Canadian NORAD Region, Lieutenant-Colonel Willis was the Air Expeditionary Group Commander for US Air Forces at Exercise Amalgam Dart as well as Operation Noble Defender. In the face of the global pandemic, Lieutenant-Colonel Willis developed plans to ensure the safety of all participating personnel and local communities so that the Royal Canadian Air Force and USAF were able to smoothly integrate operations for the defence of North America.
Lieutenant-Colonel Willis also directed a COVID-19 working group focused on risk analysis and developing mitigation strategies to ensure that operations within the RCAF’s 1 Canadian Air Division, and across the Canadian NORAD Region were able to ensure the defence of Canada safely.
Exemplifying the close bi-national relationship between Canada and the United States as a senior staff officer, Lieutenant-Colonel Willis headed…