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NORAD and USNORTHCOM: Defending Our Homeland and Supporting Our Civil Authorities

Lieutenant General Frank J. Grass is the deputy commander of U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) and vice commander of the U.S. Element at North American Aerospace Defense Command at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. He helps lead the command to anticipate, prepare and respond to threats and aggression aimed at the United States, its territories and interests within the assigned area of responsibility and, as directed by the president or secretary of defense, provide defense support of civil authorities, including consequence management operations.

Previously, Grass served as director of operations for USNORTHCOM. He was the principal adviser to the commander on all operational matters, providing strategic guidance to plan and execute USNORTHCOM missions, including air, land, maritime, ballistic missile defense and cyber homeland defense operations, as well as defense support of civil authorities. Prior to his assignments at USNORTHCOM, he was director of mobilization and reserve component affairs at U.S. European Command in Stuttgart-Vaihingen, Germany.

Grass" personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal (with one oak leaf cluster), Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (with three oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal (with three oak leaf clusters) and the Army Achievement Medal (with two oak leaf clusters). He holds a Bachelor of Science in liberal arts from Metropolitan State University, as well as master"s degrees in resource planning from Missouri State University and national security and strategic studies from the National War College.

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Mon, April 11, 2011
6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
(GMT-0500) America/Chicago