Major General Morrow to command First Air Force
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Maj. Gen. Henry “Hank” Morrow will assume command of First Air Force, Air Forces Northern and the Continental United States NORAD Region during a change of command ceremony here Nov. 1.
As commander of First Air Force (AFNORTH) and the Continental U.S. NORAD Region (CONR), General Morrow will assume responsibility for the air sovereignty and air defense of the continental United States, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. He will direct and coordinate the efforts of the Combined Air Operations Center here and its geographically separated defense sectors and fighter wings. First Air Force (AFNORTH) plans, conducts, controls, and coordinates all Air Force forces for the NORAD-NORTHCOM Commander.
CONR encompasses three air defense sectors in direct support of NORAD missions. These regions include the Western Air Defense Sector at McChord Air Force Base, Wash., the Northeast Air Defense Sector at Rome, N.Y.; and the Southeast Air Defense Sector at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., which is also the headquarters for CONR and AFNORTH. CONR provides airspace surveillance and control and directs air sovereignty activities for the continental United States.
AFNORTH is the first command called upon to provide direct support to the U.S. NORTHCOM mission, and has the responsibility of ensuring the air sovereignty and air defense of the continental United States.