NORAD - NORTHCOM commander connects with Airmen during 1st Air Force vist

Gen. Lori Robinson, Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command & Northern Command, greets Master Sgt. Megan Hartzell, 601st Air Operations Center, at a breakfast with Airmen at the Berg-Liles dining facility Jan. 18.  Pictured in the photo as a technical sergeant, Hartzell was recently promoted to her current rank. (Air Force Photo by Mary McHale)

Gen. Lori J. Robinson, Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command & Northern Command, greets Master Sgt. Megan Hartzell, 601st Air Operations Center, at a breakfast with Airmen at the Berg-Liles dining facility Jan. 18. Pictured in the photo as a technical sergeant, Hartzell was recently promoted to her current rank. (Air Force Photo by Mary McHale)

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- With heartfelt thanks to the military and civilian members for their daily efforts towards the 1st Air Force (Air Forces Northern) mission, Gen. Lori J. Robinson, Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, focused on engaging with junior-level Airmen and officers, Jan. 18.

Throughout the day, Robinson met with Airmen during breakfast, engaged officers during lunch, participated in a roundtable discussion with organizational leaders and recognized outstanding performers with her commander’s coin.

During each stop, while she briefly shared her perspectives about current enterprise concerns – air defense, cyber security – she was more focused on soliciting the thoughts of the participants.

“It’s rare to get interpersonal time with a combatant commander, so I was very excited and honored to have been selected to have breakfast with General Robinson,” said Tech. Sgt. Theresa Carter-Daniel, AFNORTH Operations Directorate. “I was nervous initially but felt more at ease as she talked with us because she has a calming, informative demeanor.”

Carter-Daniel received a commander’s coin for her outstanding work with NORTHCOM’s Defense Support to Civil Authorities mission during hurricane operations, occurring August through October, 2017.

Another coin recipient, Tech. Sgt. Maxwell Terry, from the AFNORTH Intelligence Directorate, agreed.

“I thought the breakfast was outstanding,” he said. “It’s always good to hear the perspective of your leadership. She was very engaging and she really wanted to hear from the NCOs at the breakfast. Her candidness was very much appreciated.”

Casey Connell, CONR-AFNORTH historian, who attended the roundtable discussion, said the general’s pride in the enterprise was evident throughout the discussion.

“You could just tell her deep level of sincerity for the gratitude she felt as she acknowledged the long hours and sacrifice so often given by everyone within the organization to successfully meet mission requirements.”