Mullen Arrives for Meeting With NORTHCOM Leaders, Troop Visit
By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Mar. 10, 2008 Navy Adm. Mike Mullen arrived here yesterday for meetings with U.S. Northern Command leaders.
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will meet with Air Force Gen. Victor E. Renuart Jr. and his staff. NORTHCOM is the geographic command tasked with homeland defense. Renuart is also commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command, a joint U.S.-Canadian command. In addition to its aerospace-defense mission, NORAD also has picked up the maritime-defense mission.
The chairman will discuss ongoing operations, theater security cooperation, air and missile defense, NORTHCOM’s outreach to state officials, and reserve-component contributions to the command.
Following talks here, the chairman and his party will move to near-by Fort Carson, where he will observe training and meet with Army soldiers of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4the Infantry Division. The unit is deploying to Iraq.
Mullen also will visit the base’s Warrior Transition Unit. The chairman makes a special effort to visit wounded warriors whenever he travels, officials said.