Joint Task Force North to Host Assumption of Responsibility Ceremony

PA-001-18 | Jan. 17, 2018

FORT BLISS, Texas — (Jan. 16, 2018) – Army Brig. Gen. Laura L. Yeager, commanding general of Joint Task Force North, will host an assumption of responsibility ceremony as Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Aaron G. McDonald assumes the position of command senior enlisted leader, Friday, Jan. 19.

The ceremony, which will take place at JTF-N headquarters at 2:30 p.m., will honor McDonald, the first Marine to serve as JTF-N’s command senior enlisted leader in its 28-year history. 

“I am thrilled to have Sgt. Maj. McDonald on board and honored to serve with a noncommissioned officer of his caliber,” Yeager said. “He comes to JTF-N with a wealth of experience, is a dedicated mentor and embodies the warrior ethos. Simply said, he is the best of the best.”

“To be a part of the Joint Task Force North team is a tremendous opportunity,” McDonald added. “Service members can go their entire careers without ever having the opportunity to work within the joint environment, so I consider myself very fortunate to be here. Joint Task Force North enjoys a tremendous reputation of excellence within the joint community and the status of this command is a testament to the exceptional people that work within it."

McDonald, who entered the Marine Corps in 1995, most recently served as the Raider Regiment’s sergeant major for the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command.

Media planning to attend the ceremony must RSVP by Thursday, Jan. 18. Those attending the ceremony, which will be held at Bldg. 11603, Ironsides Drive, must arrive no later than 2 p.m.

For more information on the ceremony, please contact Sarah Lifshin, JTF-N public affairs officer, at 915-313-7621 (office) or 915-472-2323 (cell).

JTF-N is a Defense Department joint task force tasked to support the United States’ federal law enforcement agencies with military capabilities in support of counter transnational criminal organization activities. 

  • Sarah Lifshin
  • Phone:915-313-7621
  • Cell: 915-472-2323
  • sarah.m.lifshin.civ@mail.mil