U.S. Army North (Fifth Army) named senior command at Fort Sam Houston
May 11, 2010
FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - U. S. Army North (Fifth Army) has received orders from the Secretary of the Army to resume the role of senior mission command at Fort Sam Houston and Camp Bullis effective April 30.
Fifth Army, in its own lineage and current occupancy of the Quadrangle, recognizes the historic importance and value of Fort Sam Houston and its mission.
Lt. Gen. Guy Swan III, the commanding general of U.S. Army North (Fifth Army), assumed command in December 2009.
As the U.S. Northern Command Joint Force Land Component Command, U. S. Army North (Fifth Army) is charged with specific mission tasks:
Homeland defense and defense support of civil authorities missions.
Provide training and readiness oversight of state National Guard Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Teams and training assistance to the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and high-yield Explosive Consequence Management Response Forces.
Conduct the Army-to-Army theater security cooperation with Canada and Mexico.
Coordinate the activities of defense coordinating officers and their elements assigned in each Federal Emergency Management Agency region.
Task organize up to two task forces that, with augmentation, can become joint task forces and deploy within the operational area to command and control DoD forces responding to homeland defense or civil support operations.
Fort Sam Houston is home to more than 50 units from the Army, Navy and Marine Corps. Included in those units are U.S. Army South, U.S. Army Medical Command, U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School and the U.S. Army Installation Management Command.
For more information, contact the ARNORTH media relations staff at (210) 221-0015/0754.