May 8, 2002 —
PETERSON AFB, Colo. - U.S. Air Force Gen. Ed Eberhart, Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Space Command, makes the following statement regarding the announcement today by the U.S. Department of Defense about his nomination as the first Commander, United States Northern Command:
"It is an honor to be nominated as the first commander of U.S. Northern Command. If confirmed, I look forward to serving the Nation in this role. Our job will be to preserve the Nation’s security by defending the American people where they live and work, and support civilian authorities as needed. We will also prepare for the inevitability of uncertainty and surprise. This will be a team effort from start to finish--our servicemen and women are ready for the challenge."
Gen. Eberhart is not planning on granting media interviews about his nomination to lead U.S. Northern Command until after congressional confirmation hearings.