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Press Release | Oct. 3, 2013

Canada’s Chief of the Defence Staff visits North American Aerospace Defense Command

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). 

NORAD has 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.