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Bill Gortney Takes Leadership Reins for NORAD, Northcom

Adm. William Gortney
Adm. William Gortney

U.S. Navy Adm. Bill Gortney formally took the post of commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and the U.S. Northern Command during a change-of-command ceremony held at Peterson Air Force Base.

DoD News reported Friday that Chief of Defense Staff Gen. Tom Lawson of Canada handed the NORAD flag to Gortney and U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work gave Gortney the Northcom flag.

Gortney, the former commander of the U.S. Fleet Forces Command, was nominated for this current dual-command role in June and succeeds Gen. Charles Jacoby Jr. retires from military service.

“Chuck Jacoby has proved himself as one of our nation’s most seasoned and capable leaders,” Work said.

He noted that Jacoby has served in Iraq and Afghanistan and led the Hurricane Sandy response efforts.

Jacoby was awarded the Defense Distinguished Service Medal and the Canadian Meritorious Service Cross during the ceremony.

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