Gardner Statement on NORTHCOM Change of Command

Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement recognizing U.S. Northern Command’s (NORTHCOM) change of command. Today, General Lori Robinson assumed the role of commander of NORTHCOM, making history as the first woman to lead a combatant command. Commissioned in 1982, General Robinson has commanded at all levels of the Air Force and most recently served as commander of the Pacific Air Forces.


“I extend my congratulations to General Robinson, a proven, talented leader with more than 30 years of service to our country,” said Gardner. “She has paved the way for women in the military, serving as the first female four-star general to command combat forces and now as the first female to lead a combatant command. Her expertise and sound decision-making has supported more than 46,000 Airmen throughout her career, and I’m confident that she will expertly lead the Department of Defense’s efforts to defend the homeland during these challenging times. As the Chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific and International Cybersecurity Policy, I look forward to working with General Robinson in her new role as commander of NORTHCOM as her wealth of experience will provide insight into how to best address the threats we face around the globe, in particular the threat from an increasingly belligerent North Korea.”


Established at Peterson Air Force Base, in Colorado Springs, CO following the September 11, 2011 terrorist attacks, NORTHCOM’s primary mission is defense of the homeland. In addition to its assigned military personnel, NORTHCOM hosts over 200 liaison officers from more than 60 federal agencies who synchronize efforts across the federal government to defend America from the full spectrum of threats its facing.

Earlier this week, Gardner honored Admiral Bill Gortney, who previously served as commander of NORTHCOM, on the Senate floor. The text of Gardner’s remarks are available here and the video can be viewed here.


Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy. 

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