Establishment of U. S. Army North, Fifth US Army

What is it?  US Army North (USARNORTH) conducts Homeland Defense (HLD), Civil Support (CS) operations, and Theater Security Cooperation activities, as the Army Service Component Command (ASCC) to US Northern Command (NORTHCOM).  When tasked, USARNORTH commands and controls deployed forces as a Joint Task Force (JTF) or Joint Force Land Component Command.  USARNORTH maintains the capability of deploying two Operational Command Posts, which can act as a JTF, when augmented.  Each is commanded by a Major General. 

What has the Army done?  USARNORTH became fully operational on 16 October 2006.  It was designated as the ASCC to USNORTHCOM reporting directly to Headquarters, Department of the Army.  USARNORTH exercises administrative control authority and responsibility and exercises operational control over Army Forces as delegated by the Commander, USNORTHCOM throughout the USNORTHCOM area of responsibility. 

USARNORTH deployed a Defense Coordinating Officer (DCO) and staff to assist the NationalInteragencyFireCentersupporting wildland fire fighting operations in western and northwestern parts of the United States.  USARNORTH committed Department of Defense resources to augment local, tribal, state, and federal wildland fire fighting capabilities.  The DCO and his staff took direct command and control of all deployed Modular Airborne Firefight Systems flown by the US Air Force and ground Wildland Fire Fighting  battalions.

In support of the lead federal agency (Secret Service), USARNORTH provided military support for National Special Security Events and supported events of national significance such as last year’s Super Bowl held in Detroit, Michigan.  USARNORTH provides training, readiness oversight, and certification of the nation’s National Guard Weapons of Mass Destruction – Civil Support Teams (WMD – CSTs) staffed by members of the Army National Guard.  Civil Support Teams assist state authorities in the event of a WMD attack on the American homeland. 

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?  USARNORTH will provide continued homeland defense support in the USNORTHCOM area of responsibility as well as continuing training of Civil Support Teams.  Upon request, USARNORTH will provide military support to federal, state, local, and tribal governments.   

Why is this important to the Army?  Establishment of U. S. Army North provides an Army Service Component Command for US Northern Command.