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NORAD commander thanks WADS for actions after plane stolen near Seattle

Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy, NORAD and USNORTHCOM commander, visits the Western Air Defense Sector, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington Aug. 23, 2018.  O'Shaughnessy met with the WADS operations crew that provided command and control of the 142nd Fighter Wing's F-15 intercept of the Aug. 10 stolen Horizon Bombardier Q400 aircraft out of SeaTac International Airport. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Kimberly D. Burke)

Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy, NORAD and USNORTHCOM commander, visits the Western Air Defense Sector, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington Aug. 23, 2018. O'Shaughnessy met with the WADS operations crew that provided command and control of the 142nd Fighter Wing's F-15 intercept of the Aug. 10 stolen Horizon Bombardier Q400 aircraft out of SeaTac International Airport. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Kimberly D. Burke)

Maj. Gen. Bret Daughterty, The Adjutant General for Washington, greets Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy, NORAD and USNORTHCOM commander, as he arrives to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington Aug. 23, 2018.  O'Shaughnessy met with the Western Air Defense Sector operations crew that provided command and control of the 142nd Fighter Wing's F-15 intercept of the Aug. 10 stolen Horizon Bombardier Q400 aircraft out of SeaTac International Airport.  Also pictured are Brig. Gen. Jeremy Horn, Washington Air National Guard Commander (second from left) and Col. Scovill Currin, 62nd Airlift Wing Commander (left).  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Kimberly D. Burke)

Maj. Gen. Bret Daughterty, The Adjutant General for Washington, greets Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy, NORAD and USNORTHCOM commander, as he arrives to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington Aug. 23, 2018. O'Shaughnessy met with the Western Air Defense Sector operations crew that provided command and control of the 142nd Fighter Wing's F-15 intercept of the Aug. 10 stolen Horizon Bombardier Q400 aircraft out of SeaTac International Airport. Also pictured are Brig. Gen. Jeremy Horn, Washington Air National Guard Commander (second from left) and Col. Scovill Currin, 62nd Airlift Wing Commander (left). (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Kimberly D. Burke)

Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy, NORAD and USNORTHCOM commander, recognizes Tech. Sgt. Aaron DeCremer, 225th Air Defense Squadron weapons director, with a commander’s coin for the critical role he played during the Aug. 10, 2018 F-15 fighter intercept of the stolen Horizon Bombardier Q400 aircraft out of SeaTac International Airport.  O'Shaughnessy visited the WADS Aug. 23 in order to commend the WADS operations crew for their expert command and control of the 142nd Fighter Wing's F-15 intercept of the stolen aircraft. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Kimberly D. Burke)

Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy, NORAD and USNORTHCOM commander, recognizes Tech. Sgt. Aaron DeCremer, 225th Air Defense Squadron weapons director, with a commander’s coin for the critical role he played during the Aug. 10, 2018 F-15 fighter intercept of the stolen Horizon Bombardier Q400 aircraft out of SeaTac International Airport. O'Shaughnessy visited the WADS Aug. 23 in order to commend the WADS operations crew for their expert command and control of the 142nd Fighter Wing's F-15 intercept of the stolen aircraft. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Kimberly D. Burke)

Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy, NORAD and USNORTHCOM commander, recognizes Staff Sgt. David Jacob, 225th Air Defense Squadron weapons director, with a commander’s coin for the critical role he played during the Aug. 10, 2018 F-15 fighter intercept of the stolen Horizon Bombardier Q400 aircraft out of SeaTac International Airport.  O'Shaughnessy visited the WADS Aug. 23 in order to commend the WADS operations crew for their expert command and control of the 142nd Fighter Wing's F-15 intercept of the stolen aircraft. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Kimberly D. Burke)

Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy, NORAD and USNORTHCOM commander, recognizes Staff Sgt. David Jacob, 225th Air Defense Squadron weapons director, with a commander’s coin for the critical role he played during the Aug. 10, 2018 F-15 fighter intercept of the stolen Horizon Bombardier Q400 aircraft out of SeaTac International Airport. O'Shaughnessy visited the WADS Aug. 23 in order to commend the WADS operations crew for their expert command and control of the 142nd Fighter Wing's F-15 intercept of the stolen aircraft. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Kimberly D. Burke)

Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy, NORAD and USNORTHCOM commander, recognizes Tech. Sgt. Brian Kulp, 225th Air Defense Squadron weapons director, with a commander's coin for the critical role he played during the Aug. 10, 2018 F-15 fighter intercept of the stolen Horizon Bombardier Q400 aircraft out of SeaTac International Airport.  O'Shaughnessy visited the WADS Aug. 23 in order to commend the WADS operations crew for their expert command and control of the 142nd Fighter Wing's F-15 intercept of the stolen aircraft. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Kimberly D. Burke)

Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy, NORAD and USNORTHCOM commander, recognizes Tech. Sgt. Brian Kulp, 225th Air Defense Squadron weapons director, with a commander's coin for the critical role he played during the Aug. 10, 2018 F-15 fighter intercept of the stolen Horizon Bombardier Q400 aircraft out of SeaTac International Airport. O'Shaughnessy visited the WADS Aug. 23 in order to commend the WADS operations crew for their expert command and control of the 142nd Fighter Wing's F-15 intercept of the stolen aircraft. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Kimberly D. Burke)

Master Sgt. Donald Pierce, 225th Air Defense Squadron air surveillance technician, answers Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy, NORAD and USNORTHCOM commander, questions during his visit to the Western Air Defense Sector, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington Aug. 23, 2018.  O'Shaughnessy received a tour of the operations floor and met with the WADS crew that provided command and control of the 142nd Fighter Wing's F-15 intercept of the Aug. 10 stolen Horizon Bombardier Q400 aircraft out of SeaTac International Airport. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Kimberly D. Burke)

Master Sgt. Donald Pierce, 225th Air Defense Squadron air surveillance technician, answers Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy, NORAD and USNORTHCOM commander, questions during his visit to the Western Air Defense Sector, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington Aug. 23, 2018. O'Shaughnessy received a tour of the operations floor and met with the WADS crew that provided command and control of the 142nd Fighter Wing's F-15 intercept of the Aug. 10 stolen Horizon Bombardier Q400 aircraft out of SeaTac International Airport. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Kimberly D. Burke)

Capt. Jake Allenton, 225th Air Defense Squadron senior director, answers Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy, NORAD and USNORTHCOM commander, questions during his visit to the Western Air Defense Sector, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington Aug. 23, 2018.  O'Shaughnessy received a tour of the operations floor and met with the WADS crew that provided command and control of the 142nd Fighter Wing's F-15 intercept of the Aug. 10 stolen Horizon Bombardier Q400 aircraft out of SeaTac International Airport. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Kimberly D. Burke)

Capt. Jake Allenton, 225th Air Defense Squadron senior director, answers Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy, NORAD and USNORTHCOM commander, questions during his visit to the Western Air Defense Sector, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington Aug. 23, 2018. O'Shaughnessy received a tour of the operations floor and met with the WADS crew that provided command and control of the 142nd Fighter Wing's F-15 intercept of the Aug. 10 stolen Horizon Bombardier Q400 aircraft out of SeaTac International Airport. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Kimberly D. Burke)

Col. William Krueger (center), 225th Air Defense Group commander, shows Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy, NORAD and USNORTHCOM commander, the technology the Western Air Defense Sector was using during the 9/11 attacks.  O'Shaughnessy met with the WADS operations crew that provided command and control of the 142nd Fighter Wing's F-15 intercept of the Aug. 10 stolen Horizon Bombardier Q400 aircraft out of SeaTac International Airport. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Kimberly D. Burke)

Col. William Krueger (center), 225th Air Defense Group commander, shows Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy, NORAD and USNORTHCOM commander, the technology the Western Air Defense Sector was using during the 9/11 attacks. O'Shaughnessy met with the WADS operations crew that provided command and control of the 142nd Fighter Wing's F-15 intercept of the Aug. 10 stolen Horizon Bombardier Q400 aircraft out of SeaTac International Airport. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Kimberly D. Burke)

Chief Master Sgt. Allan Lawson, Western Air Defense Sector Senior Enlisted Leader, greets Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy, NORAD and USNORTHCOM commander, as he arrives to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington Aug. 23, 2018.  O'Shaughnessy met with the Western Air Defense Sector operations crew that provided command and control of the 142nd Fighter Wing's F-15 intercept of the Aug. 10 stolen Horizon Bombardier Q400 aircraft out of SeaTac International Airport.  Also pictured from left to right are Col. Gregory Lewis, WADS commander, Col. Scovill Currin, 62nd Airlift Wing Commander,  Brig. Gen. Jeremy Horn, Washington Air National Guard Commander, and Maj. Gen. Bret Daugherty, The Adjutant General, Washington. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Kimberly D. Burke)

Chief Master Sgt. Allan Lawson, Western Air Defense Sector Senior Enlisted Leader, greets Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy, NORAD and USNORTHCOM commander, as he arrives to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington Aug. 23, 2018. O'Shaughnessy met with the Western Air Defense Sector operations crew that provided command and control of the 142nd Fighter Wing's F-15 intercept of the Aug. 10 stolen Horizon Bombardier Q400 aircraft out of SeaTac International Airport. Also pictured from left to right are Col. Gregory Lewis, WADS commander, Col. Scovill Currin, 62nd Airlift Wing Commander, Brig. Gen. Jeremy Horn, Washington Air National Guard Commander, and Maj. Gen. Bret Daugherty, The Adjutant General, Washington. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Kimberly D. Burke)

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. --

The NORAD and USNORTHCOM commander arrived at Joint Base Lewis-McChord Aug. 23 to personally thank the men and women of the Western Air Defense Sector for their quick actions when a Horizon Bombardier Q400 commercial plane was stolen from SeaTac International Airport Aug. 10. 

Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy met with the WADS operations crew that provided command and control of the 142nd Fighter Wing's F-15 intercept of the stolen aircraft.  The crew had an opportunity to discuss the intercept and answer O'Shaughnessy's questions during his visit.  Weapons directors assigned to the 225th Air Defense Squadron, Tech. Sgt. Brian Kulp, Tech. Sgt. Aaron DeCremer and Staff Sgt. David Jacob were specifically recognized with commander's coins by O’Shaughnessy for the critical role they played during the intercept. 

The WADS is staff by active-duty Washington Air National Guardsmen, Royal Canadian Air Force, U.S. Navy liaison officers, and Federal civilians.   The unit supports the NORAD integrated warning and attack assessment missions and the USNORTHCOM homeland defense mission. WADS is responsible for air sovereignty and counter-air operations over the Western United States and directs a variety of assets to defend 2.2 million square miles of land and sea west of the Mississippi River.