Gates Presides at NORAD, NORTHCOM Change of Command Ceremony

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • Gen. Gene Renuart, outgoing commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, escorts Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates from the headquarters building to attend the NORAD and NORTHCOM Change of Command ceremony on Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., May 19, 2010.  DoD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen salutes during the piping of the official party at the beginning of the North American Aerospace Defense Command  and U.S. Northern Command Change of Command ceremony on Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., May 19, 2010. 

 DoD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Members of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command as well as family and friends render honors during the playing of the national anthem at the beginning of the NORAD and NORTHCOM Change of Command ceremony on Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., May 19, 2010. 

 DoD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates addresses the audience during the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command Change of Command ceremony on Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., May 19, 2010.




 DOD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates addresses the audience during the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command Change of Command ceremony on Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., May 19, 2010.


 DOD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates addresses the audience during the North American Aerospace Defense Command  and U.S. Northern Command Change of Command ceremony on Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., May 19, 2010. 

 DOD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Left to right, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy Adm. Mike Mullen; Canadian Gen. Walt Natynczyk, chief of Defense Staff; outgoing commander Air Force Gen. Gene Renuart, and incoming commander Navy Adm. James Winnefeld salute during the playing of the national anthem at the beginning of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command Change of Command ceremony on Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., May 19, 2010.


 DOD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Jill Renuart, wife of Air Force Gen. Gene Renuart, outgoing commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, receives flowers for her support during the NORAD and NORTHCOM Change of Command ceremony on Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., May 19, 2010. 


 DoD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Air Force Gen. Gene Renuart passes the North American Aerospace Defense Command flag to Canadian Gen. Walt Natynczyk, chief of Defense Staff, during the NORAD and U.S. Northern Command Change of Command ceremony on Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., May 19, 2010. 

 DOD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates passes the U.S. Northern Command flag to incoming commander Navy Adm. James Winnefeld during the North American Aerospace Defense Command and NORTHCOM Change of Command ceremony on Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., May 19, 2010.  Air Force Gen. Gene Renuart retired and relinquished command of NORAD and NORTHCOM to Winnefeld.  
 DOD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • New Commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command Navy Adm. James Winnefeld watches as his flag is unfurled during the NORAD and NORTHCOM Change of Command ceremony at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., May 19, 2010. 

 DoD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates delivers the oath of office to Navy Adm. James Winnefeld during his promotion ceremony at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., May 19, 2010. Winnefeld assumed command of North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command from Gen. Gene Renuart during a Change of Command ceremony today.  


 DoD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • The children of Navy Vice Adm. James Winnefeld pin on their dad's new rank as he is promoted to Admiral at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., May 19, 2010. Winnefeld assumed command of North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command from Gen. Gene Renuart during a Change of Command ceremony today.   DoD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Canadian Gen. Walt Natynczyk, chief of Defense Staff addresses the audience during the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command  Change of Command ceremony at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., May 19, 2010.  DOD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Audience members applaud for wounded warriors and Gold Star family members during the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command Change of Command ceremony at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., May 19, 2010.  DoD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates presents the Defense Distinguished Service Medal to outgoing Commander Gen. Gene Renuart during the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command Change of Command ceremony at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., May 19, 2010.  Gen. Renuart retired and relinquished command of NORAD and NORTHCOM to Navy Adm. James Winnefeld.  

 DoD photo by Cherie Cullen