Dear Newly-Assigned member of Headquarters North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern Command,

On behalf of the more than 1,500 U.S. and Canadian service members and civilians, welcome to the NORAD and USNORTHCOM family! We recognize our people are our most important asset, and your health, morale and welfare are important to us. You are joining a uniquely complex two-command structure and we're confident that you will be a valuable teammate.

NORAD and USNORTHCOM are two distinct commands united in a common purpose. Our motto is "We Have the Watch". Since 1958, NORAD has dutifully enhanced the common defense of Canada and the U.S. through aerospace warning, aerospace control and, since 2006, maritime warning. After the events of 9/11, USNORTHCOM was established in 2002 to conduct homeland defense, civil support and security cooperation to defend and secure the U.S. and its interests. The governments of Canada and the U.S. have entrusted us to protect the homeland and we are honored to carry out that mission 24/7/365.

We welcome you to our unique team of Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, civilians, partner nations and federal agencies. We know you will be a positive ambassador of NORAD and USNORTHCOM.

Again, welcome! We look forward to having you join our team!