NORAD and USNORTHCOM Presents First Commander’s Community Leader Commendations

By NORAD and USNORTHCOM Public Affairs | April 21, 2009

Mr. William J. Hybl, Chairman and CEO, El Pomar Foundation, and Mr. William B. Tutt, Chairman of the Colorado Thirty Group, were recognized in the first Commander’s Community Leader Commendation Ceremony here at North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command headquarters today.

General Victor E. Renuart, Jr., Commander, NORAD and USNORTHCOM, presented the commendations.

The Commander’s Community Leader Commendation is intended to recognize outstanding support by local community leaders who have been strong public advocates for the commands, the Department of Defense and the United States.

“When you look at what the community has done for the Soldiers, the Sailors, the Airmen, the Marines, the Coast Guardsmen and their families, it’s pretty hard to find a place that is as positive and supportive as Colorado Springs,” said Renuart.  “I think these first two recipients truly symbolize what has made Colorado Springs such a special place to be.”

“I am certainly honored to receive this commendation,” Hybl said.  “The selfless work of each member of the strong and dedicated Colorado Springs military community, performed locally and on the front lines, is an inspiration to so many of us.  Offering our support as a community is one small way to express gratitude for all that our servicemen and women and their families do for this country.”

“My hat is off to you all,” said Tutt to the audience of military, Civil Service and civilian contractors present from the commands.  “We can never do enough to support you all (servicemembers).”

NORAD is the bi-national Canadian and American command that is responsible for the air defense of North America and maritime warning.

U.S. Northern Command, established in the wake of the terrorist attacks of 9/11, is responsible for Homeland Defense and Defense Support of Civil Authorities.