Air Force Gen. Lori Robinson has succeeded Navy Adm. Bill Gortney as head of U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado, DoD News reported Friday.
Robinson told attendees of the change-of-command ceremony at Peterson that partnerships with joint, interagency and multinational organizations support NORAD and Northcom as reflected by the fact that almost 60 representatives from Defense Department and civilian agencies are integrated into the headquarters, according to the story by Jim Garamone.
Robinson was nominated for the leadership posts in March and has becomes the first female lead of a combatant command.
Canada’s Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan said in his remarks that Norad has served as the first line of defense against air attacks for North America since 1958 as the sole binational command, Garamone wrote.
Military leaders from Mexico were also present the ceremony, where Defense Secretary Ash Carter credited Gortney with his leadership in efforts to foster “warmer” relations between that country and the U.S., DoD News said.