By Mary McHale
1st Air Force
Gen. Lori Robinson, commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern Command, passes the guidon to Lt. Gen. Scott Williams, the incoming commander of Continental U.S. NORAD Region-1st Air Force (Air Forces Northern), at the CONR-1st AF change of command ceremony at Tyndall AFB, Fla., July 6, 2016. First Air Force has the responsibility of ensuring the air sovereignty and air defense of the continental United States. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cody R. Miller/Released)
Top leadership of the Continental U.S. Aerospace Defense Region – 1st Air Force, (Air Forces Northern) organization changed here during a change of command ceremony today.
During the ceremony, Lt. Gen. William H. Etter relinquished command of CONR – 1st AF (AFNORTH) to Lt. Gen. R. Scott Williams.
Williams, an F-16 Viper pilot, comes to Tyndall from Kuwait, where he served at the U.S. Embassy as the Chief, Office of Military Cooperation. Prior to that he served as Commander, Air National Guard Readiness Center, at Joint Base Andrews, Md.
Etter, who took command March 7, 2013, is retiring.
“It’s been my distinct honor and pleasure to lead and work with such a distinguished group of selfless men and women so committed to our missions of homeland defense, Defense Support of Civil Authorities and theater security cooperation,” Etter said. “My heart and soul goes into my thanks to each one of you.”
Williams, a command pilot with more than 3,900 flying hours to include 300 combat hours, said he’s looking forward to immersing himself in his new responsibilities.
“I’m both proud and humbled to join this outstanding team in the accomplishment of its critical, no-fail mission,” Williams said. “Together, we’ll continue to expand the capabilities and strengthen the operations that keep our fellow Americans and our neighbors safe from harm.”
Gen. Lori J. Robinson, NORAD and USNORTHCOM commander, officiated the ceremony.