Air Force General Lori Robinson becomes the first female head of a combatant command at a ceremony attended by U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Air Force General Lori Robinson became the first female head of a combatant command on Friday (May 13), as she took control of the U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) at a ceremony attended by U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter. She will also lead the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). "In the days to come, we cannot predict precisely how and when the men and women of NORAD and NORTHCOM will be called forward to carry their mission," Carter told attendees at the Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado. "But we do know this: We know General Robinson will lead this team with certainty, clarity, and with the full trust and confidence of me and the president." Robinson said she would "work passionately to uphold the faith the American and Canadian people have placed in these commands, and ensure that we remain vigilant and postured to outpace any potential threat,"