New NorthCom leader chosen

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Gortney: Chosen to lead NorthCom. - COURTESY U.S. NAVY
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  • Gortney: Chosen to lead NorthCom.
Defensenews.com reports that new leaders for three important commands have been chosen, including a replacement for Army Gen. Charles Jacoby at Northern Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command based at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs.

According to the report, Navy Adm. Bill Gortneyhead of Fleet Forces Command, has been nominated to take charge of NorthCom and NORAD.

Gortney, if confirmed, would be the third Navy admiral appointed to head the command, the others being Adm. Timothy Keating, who took over in 2004 and oversaw the decision to move surveillance operations from the bunker base at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, and Adm. Sandy Winnefeld, a Top Gun pilot who was snatched away mid-assignment in 2011 to become vice chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff.

We get that the military can't let well enough alone and rotates commanders in and out after three or so years. But the bad part about losing Jacoby is, the area loses a leader committed to the homeland security mission that brings the armed forces into play with civil authorities during our wildland fire season, as well as flooding hazards.

Local folks have spoken highly about Gen. Jacoby, so it's hard to think about breaking in a new guy.

 

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