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Alaskan Command to change commanders Monday

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska - Lt. Gen. Stephen L. Hoog becomes commander of Alaskan Command, Eleventh Air Force, Alaskan North American Aerospace Defense Command Region and Joint Task Force Alaska during a 9 a.m. change of command ceremony here Monday.

The ceremony will be officiated by Admiral Robert F. Willard, commander of U.S. Pacific Command, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii.

General Hoog's previous assignment was as commander of 9th Air Force, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. He replaces Lt. Gen. Dana T. Atkins, who retires from the Air Force after 36 years of service.  General Atkins departs to become president of The Augusta Chronicle newspaper in Augusta, Ga.

Alaskan Command integrates activities of more than 22,000 active duty, Guard and Reserve members from all military services in Alaska as a sub-unified command of U.S. Pacific Command.  Eleventh Air Force oversees the training and readiness of three Air Force wings and Air Force installations located throughout the state.  The Alaskan North American Aerospace Defense Command Region directs bilateral air operations with Canada within Alaska to ensure defense against all hostile airborne threats.  Joint Task Force Alaska is a joint command under U.S. Northern Command responsible for the planning and execution of all homeland defense and defense support to civil authorities operations within the state.

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