NORFOLK -- Hampton Roads' top Navy Admiral is moving on.

United States Fleet forces Command Adm. Bill Gortney has been nominated by President Obama to lead U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command. The primary mission is protecting the territory and national interests of the United States.

Gortney led Fleet Forces since September 2012, where he supervised the training and readiness of 100,000 sailors and civilians, about 85 ships -- or one-third of the fleet, and more than 1,000 aircraft.

According to the FFC web site, the command's mission is to, 'Train, certify and provide combat-ready Navy forces to Combatant Commanders that are capable of conducting prompt, sustained naval, joint, and combined operations in support of U.S. national interests. Command and control subordinate Navy forces and shore activities during the planning and execution of assigned service functions in support of CNO.- Provide operational planning and coordination support to Commander, U.S. Northern Command (CDR USNORTHCOM), Commander U.S. Element North American Aerospace Defense Command (CDR USELEMNORAD), and Commander, U.S. Strategic Command (CDR USSTRATCOM).- Command and control subordinate forces during the planning and execution of joint missions as the Joint Forces Maritime Component Commander North (JFMCC-N) to CDR USNORTHCOM.'

Statement for Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel
Today, I am pleased to announce that President Obama has nominated three exceptional individuals to serve in senior military leadership positions across the Department of Defense: Admiral Bill Gortney, currently commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command, to be commander of U.S. Northern Command and NORAD; Army General John Campbell, currently Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, to command NATO's International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan; and Army Lieutenant General Joseph Votel, currently commander of Joint Special Operations Command, for appointment to the rank of General and to serve as commander of U.S. Special Operations Command. All three are highly qualified officers who have devoted many years of service to their country. If confirmed by Congress, they will be outstanding successors to General Jacoby, General Dunford, and Admiral McRaven, who have all been exemplary and highly effective commanders. I join the President in thanking all these leaders for what they have done and will continue to do for both our nation and our men and women in uniform.

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