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By 1st Lt. Alexandra Smith
JBER Public Affairs
U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. David Nahom took command of Alaskan North American Aerospace Defense Command Region, North American Aerospace Defense Command; Alaskan Command, U.S. Northern Command; and 11th Air Force, Pacific Air Forces, during a ceremony at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Aug. 11.
Nahom took command from U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. David Krumm, who served in the position for two years.
As commander of the Alaskan NORAD Region, Nahom directs operations to ensure effective surveillance, monitoring and defense of the region’s airspace.
As commander of Alaskan Command, he is responsible for homeland defense, civil support, mission assurance, and security cooperation within the ALCOM Joint Area of Operation.
Nahom also commands the 11th Air Force, overseeing the training and readiness of five wings and Air Force installations located in Alaska, Hawaii, and Guam.
“The strategic significance of Alaska and the arctic region cannot be understated as a vital foundation of homeland defense. Our allies and partners rely on our steadfast dedication to the defense and advancement of the region,” Nahom said. “This is an incredible responsibility, and I’m honored to follow in the footsteps and outstanding example set by my colleague and friend, Lt. Gen. David Krumm.”
During the event, Nahom thanked the attendees and his predecessor, as well as the officers presiding over the ceremony, Gen. Glen VanHerck, commander of NORAD and USNORTHCOM, and Gen. Ken Wilsbach, commander of PACAF.
Nahom’s previous assignment was at the Pentagon, where he served as deputy chief of staff for plans and programs at Headquarters U.S. Air Force. While in that role, Nahom was the senior programmer for all development, integration, evaluation and analysis, and was responsible for Air Force resource allocation.