OTTAWA – The
Chief of the Defence Staff, General Tom Lawson, participated in a two-day visit
to the North American Aerospace Defense Command
(NORAD) Headquarters earlier this week, at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado. This visit provided
an opportunity to discuss issues of bi-national importance, including ongoing
operations at NORAD.
“It is always a great pleasure for me to visit NORAD,
and to see our Canadian Armed Forces members and their American colleagues,
working together for our mutual defence,” said General Tom Lawson. “NORAD
really is the cornerstone of our continental defence; and this trip provided an
important opportunity to discuss ways to strengthen this great institution as
we prepare for the future.”
During his visit, the Chief of the Defence Staff had
opportunities to meet with senior NORAD leadership, including General Chuck
Jacoby, Commander of NORAD and the United States Northern Command, and
Lieutenant-General Alain Parent, NORAD Deputy Commander (who is from the
Canadian Armed Forces).
served the citizens of Canada
and the U.S.
as the first line of defence against an air attack on their homelands since
1958. It is a bi-national organization charged with
the missions of aerospace warning, aerospace control, and maritime warning for North America.