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Originally posted by shauny
After posting this.
I recieved a VERY SCARY pm from an ATS user.
I started a thread with what I was told in it.
Think this PM has anything to do with my thread?
Originally posted by shauny
Ahh crap, im sorry I didnt know I wasnt allowed to post PM's sent to me.
It is just strange I post this thread, then get that PM. That is all.
From: Winnefeld, XXXXXXXXXX ADM USA NORAD USNORTHCOM HQs CC To: NORAD USNORTHCOM - DL; NORAD - DL; USNORTHCOM - DL Cc: XXXXXXXXXX Col NORAD USNORTHCOM HQs CC Sent: Fri Jul 29 11:03:53 2011 Subject: Farewell Classification: UNCLASSIFIED Men and women of NORAD and USNORTHCOM, If the confirmation timing works out, sometime next week I will hand over command of NORAD and USNORTHCOM to LTG Chuck Jacoby. It has been my distinct honor and privilege to be your commander for the last 14 months. You should be very proud of—and I am most certainly very proud of—your performance. When I step outside the press of our daily work and compare our current position and outlook to where we were just those few months ago, the magnitude of what you have accomplished stands out very clearly. Through your fortitude, teamwork, and willingness to take institutional risk and embrace change, you have truly brought this headquarters to a new level of achievement. Our commands are a trusted partner in nearly every mission area, and we are patiently winning over the few remaining holdouts through sheer competence, outreach, humility and good will. You have transformed our relationship with the National Guard team that is so important to our Nation’s security, and our many other domestic partners, including DHS and their subordinate organizations. In so doing you have dramatically enhanced our ability to support our citizens in time of need in exactly the right way, recognizing the sovereignty of the states. You have revolutionized our relationship with the Mexican military, fully recognizing their sovereignty and coming to the aid of a neighbor and friend . . . and through your unshakeable determination have overcome some of the most complex institutional challenges I’ve ever witnessed in steadily improving our ability to support these same partners. You have embraced the new CBRN Enterprise and placed it on a successful trajectory. Your analysis and advocacy have brought clarity to the challenges we face in air sovereignty and tightened up our command and control processes. Thanks to your efforts, we are a fully respected and often-consulted member of the ballistic missile defense community. You have forged a new level of partnership with Canada Command and are bringing the future needs of potential missions in the Arctic into much sharper focus. You have become far more efficient, skillfully expanded the scope and depth of our intelligence capability, and established new credibility within the technical community. We are better able to communicate with our force protection community and are far better networked within the counter- and anti-terrorism intelligence community. Your many dedicated and often under-appreciated watch team members have brought our operational excellence principles to life and significantly improved the way the N2C2 functions. You have upped the level of the way we engage our many partners, to include hosting them in the headquarters and elsewhere. We are faster and better than ever before because of the processes you have embraced, and there is so much more . . . When I took command, I told you that I wanted our commands to be well-known for collegiality, humility, integrity, competence, and to be well understood externally. The fact that you—led by our two fabulous deputy commanders, remarkable chief of staff, and our talented and hard working J-Directors—have done so well in all those areas enabled me to spend much of my time on the road representing your efforts. Your work has evolved the brand name of this headquarters to be a place to which people want to be assigned or with which they want to partner. I view it as a place where we combine time-tested principles with a willingness to push outside the conventional . . . and who would not want to be associated with that? There is much more work to do, and I dearly wish I could be here to do it with you in this beautiful setting in Colorado Springs and with our exceptional component and subordinate commands across North America. However, I depart knowing that your relentless devotion and hard work have rendered the momentum irreversible. I am grateful we were not severely tested during my tenure. But I harbor no doubt that we would have been up to the task. The only other thing of which I am certain is that this headquarters will be fully tested at some point in the future. You must be ready for that—it could happen at any time. So thank you for embracing and breathing life into my ideas, for indulging my impatience and tinkering, for being such good partners to the organizations we support, and for overcoming seemingly impossible obstacles. Organizations are all about people, and it always will be one of the great joys of my life to have been associated with this incredible team of people. Provided that each of you continues to give your best efforts on behalf of our missions and maintains the magic of collaboration and collegiality, these two commands will continue their successes under an extremely capable new commander. Please know that I will be watching fondly—and supporting you—from afar. Mary and I thank you for a remarkable experience. We’ve made many dear friends here, and we will miss you. May God bless each of you and your families and continue to shower our two nations with the blessings of freedom and liberty. Warmest regards and fondest best wishes,
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James Alexander "Sandy" Winnefeld, Jr. (born April 24, 1956) is a United States Navy four-star admiral who currently serves as the ninth Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He previously served as the fourth Commander, U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) and the 21st Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) from May 19, 2010 to August 3, 2011. proir to that, Winnefeld served as Director for Strategic Plans and Policy, The Joint Staff which he concurrently served as the Senior Member, U.S. Delegation to the U.N. Military Staff Committee. His other operational commands include serving as the Commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet and Commander, Allied Joint Command Lisbon. As the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Winnefeld is the second highest ranking officer in the United States Armed Forces, second only to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He assumed his current assignments on August 4, 2011.