MEXICO CITY – General Chuck Jacoby, Commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, was honored today, Aug. 20, 2014, by the Mexican armed forces during an official ceremony at Military Base No. 1 in Mexico City for his efforts to strengthen military ties between the United States and Mexico.
General Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, Secretary of the National Defense Forces, and Admiral Vidal Francisco Soberón Sanz, Secretary of the Navy, presented General Jacoby with the Mexican Military Merit Award, 1st Class; and the Mexican Naval Distinction Award, 2nd Class, to recognize his many contributions in support of the Mexican armed forces.
“The military-to-military relationship between the United States and Mexico has advanced to unprecedented levels of coordination, Jacoby said. “Today, Mexico and the United States are strategic partners, respecting the laws and sovereignty of our individual nations, and at the same time facing shared challenges and applying lessons learned.”
Jacoby has been serving as the NORAD and USNORTHCOM commander since August 2011 and oversees the full range of U.S. military cooperation efforts with Mexico, Canada and the Bahamas. USNORTHCOM collaborates with the Mexican Armed Forces on many fronts and is proud of the relationship which has grown significantly over the past three years.
NORAD is the bi-national Canadian and American command that provides maritime warning, aerospace warning and aerospace control for Canada and the United States.
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.