New chief to take over Alaskan Command

Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The military is changing commanders for the Alaskan Air Command headquartered at Elmendorf Air Force Base.

The Department of Defense announced Tuesday that Lt. Gen. Norton A. Schwartz, the current commander, has been named director of operations at the Pentagon, the agency said.

Maj. Gen. Carrol Chandler will be the new head of the Alaskan Command, which oversees military operations in the state. President Bush made the changes.

Chandler currently directs aerospace operations for the Headquarters Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. He has served in Saudi Arabia; Naples, Italy; Japan; Hawaii; and Washington, D.C., among other postings, according to DOD.

Chandler is a command pilot with more than 3,600 hours flying the T-38, F-15 and F-16 aircraft.

Chandler will take on two other titles in addition to commander of the Alaskan Command. He will be commander of the Eleventh Air Force and of the Alaskan North American Aerospace Defense Command Region.

Schwartz became chief of the Alaskan Command in September 2000, leading about 21,000 soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guard personnel in the state.

Schwartz is a former deputy commander in chief of U.S. Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., where one of his jobs was to prepare special operations forces for overseas missions.

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