NORAD and USNORTHCOM leadership changing hands

Release No: UNRELEASED Dec. 3, 2014 PRINT | E-MAIL

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command will welcome Navy Adm. Bill Gortney as its new commander during a change of command ceremony at 10 a.m., Dec. 5, in Hangar 1 on Peterson AFB, Colo.

Adm. Gortney takes over from Army Gen. Charles Jacoby Jr., who is retiring after 36 years of service.

The ceremony will include cannon and rifle fire.

Base security will be heightened in advance of the ceremony. The ceremony is open to people with access to Peterson AFB.

NORAD is a bi-national military command between the U.S. and Canada, charged with the missions of aerospace warning, aerospace control and maritime warning in the defense of North America.

USNORTHCOM partners to conduct homeland defense, civil support and security cooperation to defend and secure the United States and its interests.