Aug 3, 2011 3:51 PM by Gene Cotton

Guard group unhappy over choice of new NORAD chief

DENVER (AP) - An association of National Guard officers is criticizing the Pentagon for passing over two National Guard generals in choosing a new commander for NORAD and Northern Command.

The National Guard Association of the U.S. said Wednesday it has nothing against the officer who got the job, Army Gen. Charles Jacoby. It says Air Guard Gen. Craig McKinley and Army Guard Lt. Gen. Frank Grass were equally qualified.

Like his predecessors, Jacoby will oversee both NORAD and Northern Command.

NORAD defends the U.S. and Canada from airborne threats and monitors maritime traffic. Northern Command defends the homeland and helps civilian authorities handle domestic crises.

Both have headquarters at Colorado's Peterson Air Force Base.

Grass declined comment and a spokesman says Jacoby isn't available. McKinley's office was drafting a comment.



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