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Statement by Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan

January 20, 2016

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO — Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan paid his first visit to the North American Aerospace Defense Command Headquarters (NORAD) at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado today. During his visit, he met with Admiral Bill Gortney, Commander of NORAD and U.S. Northern Command, and Canadian Lieutenant-General Pierre St-Amand, Deputy Commander of NORAD. Discussions focused on a number of issues important to the Canada-U.S. defence relationship, including continental defence, new challenges to North American aerospace defence and NORAD's continuing evolution to meet those challenges.

The Minister toured the NORAD facilities and had an opportunity to speak with a number of Canadian and American military personnel who serve at its headquarters. Minister Sajjan released the following statement at the conclusion of his visit:

“My visit to NORAD was a great opportunity to discuss the important work being carried out by this unique binational defence partnership to protect North America from potential airborne and seaborne threats. I want to thank Admiral Gortney and Lieutenant-General St-Amand, and their dedicated team, for their ongoing leadership and cooperation, which is essential for the defence and security of North America now and for the future.”

Admiral Bill Gortney, Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan, John Forster, Deputy Minister of National Defence, and Canadian Lieutenant-General Pierre  St-Amand.

Admiral Bill Gortney, Commander of the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) and U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM), together with, Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan, John Forster, Deputy Minister of National Defence, and Canadian Lieutenant-General Pierre St-Amand, Deputy Commander of NORAD, pose for a photo in front of the 9/11 memorial at NORAD headquarters in Colorado on January 20, 2016.

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