Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., Aug. 5, 2016 —
Air Force Gen. Lori J. Robinson, commander of NORAD and U.S. Northern Command, travelled the Southern U.S. Border visiting NORTHCOM mission partners and units July 19-21, 2016. She received mission briefs and aerial tours in Texas and Arizona.
During her trip, Robinson also met with members of the Customs and Border Protection at Joint Task Force - West in Tucson, Arizona, July 21, 2016. The commander was briefed on the mission and challenges on the U.S. border. NORTHCOM is a mission partner with the CBP.
Joint Task Force – West (JTF-W) is part of the Department of Homeland Security's Southern Border and Approaches Campaign Plan. This joint task force structure focuses cross-departmental and integrated counter-network operations on strategic objectives across four geographical corridors. Area networks within the JTF-W Joint Operating Area include supporting components, Department of Defense Commands, International, State, Local, and Tribal entities. JTF-W efforts are designed to extend the border and institutionalize an asymmetric operational agility, effectiveness, and impact against targeted Transnational Criminal Organization (TCO) networks.