by Pam Zubeck
Air Force Gen. Gene Renuart held his final news conference today in preparation for his imminent retirement as the chief of the nation's homeland defense commands after 39 years in the military.
Renuart isn't known for his warm relationship with the media. He didn't hold many news conferences during his three years at the North American Aerospace Defense Command and Northern Command.
Yet, he wasn't camera or publicity shy. He frequently testified before congressional committees about the state of affairs at NORAD and NorthCom.
Renuart told reporters today he plans to remain in Colorado Springs after he gives up the reins at NORAD and NorthCom to Navy Adm. Vice Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., the second Navy man to head NorthCom since it was created in 2002 in response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York and Washington. NORAD was created more than 50 years ago as a joint command with Canada to monitor air and space threats to the North American continent. The command has since added maritime oversight.