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Press Release | June 2, 2023

Transfer of Appointment ceremony for Deputy Commander NORAD

North American Aerospace Defense Command Public Affairs

PETERSON SPACE FORCE BASE, Colo. – Lieutenant-General Blaise Frawley assumed the position of Deputy Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command, from Lieutenant-General Alain Pelletier in a transfer of appointment ceremony today at Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado.

The transfer of appointment was presided over by Gen. Glen VanHerck, Commander NORAD and U.S. Northern Command.

The Deputy Commander NORAD is also the Commander of the Canadian Element NORAD, which is comprised of all the Canadians assigned to NORAD across North America. Preceding the transfer of appointment, Canadian Armed Forces’ Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, Lieutenant-General Frances Allen, presided over the Canadian Element NORAD change of command, from Lieutenant-General Pelletier to Lieutenant-General Frawley.



“NORAD and USNORTHCOM share the noblest mission – defending our homelands. I know Lieutenant-General Frawley feels the same sense of pride and commitment to fulfilling this responsibility, and I look forward to continuing the work in fortifying the already strong ties between our two nations. It has also been an honor to serve with Lieutenant-General Pelletier as he led the Canadian Element NORAD and as NORAD deputy commander.”

Gen. Glen VanHerck, Commander NORAD and USNORTHCOM


“NORAD is a bi-national command that is not just a military cooperation agreement between our two countries, but a historic friendship based on shared geography and security. We work side by side to defend our airspace and watch over our coastlines. Thank you to Lieutenant-General Pelletier for his leadership over the last three years; his contributions and passion for this mission have been tremendous. I know that as Lieutenant-General Frawley steps into this role, he will be equally committed, and NORAD will be well-served by his professionalism and experience to ensure the safety and security of North America.”

Lieutenant-General Frances Allen, Vice Chief of the Defence Staff


“I am honoured to take on the role of NORAD Deputy Commander, leading one of the most dedicated, talented, and professional teams of Canadians and Americans supporting the security of our two great nations. This is a humbling moment, knowing that woven into this new mantle of leadership is the experience and wisdom of the previous 26 NORAD Deputies. I am looking forward to hit the ground running, and supporting Gen. VanHerck in his efforts to ensure that NORAD remains a modern, evolving command, ready to detect, deny, deter, and defend our nations. Thank you to Lieutenant-General Pelletier, as well, for setting me up for success with such a strong and dedicated team.”

Lieutenant-General Blaise Frawley, Incoming Deputy Commander NORAD


“I put my hands together for the great people at NORAD, military and civilian, Canadian and American, who have supported the command so well over the last three years during my time as the Deputy Commander NORAD. The NORAD team has adapted to a changing strategic environment with determination, and it has always put the mission – the security of North America - above all else. Lieutenant-General Frawley will get to experience the incredible example of duty and loyalty that our team has to our two countries. It has also been such an honour and privilege to serve with Gen. VanHerck.”

Lieutenant-General Alain Pelletier, Outgoing Deputy Commander NORAD


Quick Facts

  • The Deputy Commander North American Aerospace Defense Command is the highest ranking Canadian officer within NORAD. They act as an advisor to the Commander on matters regarding the management and employment of forces assigned to the command. They extend their experience as a senior officer and provide oversight of the command’s planning process and operations functions.
  • NORAD is a bi-national United States and Canadian organization charged with the missions of aerospace warning and control, and maritime warning for North America.
  • NORAD maintains its headquarters at Peterson Space Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The command also has three subordinate regional headquarters: the Alaskan NORAD Region located at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska; the Canadian NORAD Region located at Canadian Forces Base Winnipeg, Manitoba; and the Continental U.S. NORAD Region located at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida.



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