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Edition: Mon, October 15, 2007
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United States Army North Reaches 1 Year Full Operational Capability

What is it? Since reaching full operational capability in October 2006, United States Army North has been developing plans, participating in exercises, and conducting partnership activities with the armies of Canada and Mexico as part of its homeland defense, civil support and theater security cooperation missions. On order, Army North may also command and control deployed forces as a joint task force or a joint force land component command.

What has the Army done? Elements of Army North train in numerous exercises to remain Strong in Support of civil authorities, become Stronger for Peace and homeland defense, and maintain Strength through Partnership with the armies of Canada and Mexico. Army North's 10 Defense Coordinating Elements, each led by a Defense Coordinating Officer, work daily with the regional Federal Emergency Management Agency offices to plan and prepare civil support operations. The command also trains National Guard Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Teams, who are state first responders to assess CBRNE incidents, which are those requiring chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high-yield explosive response.

What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future? Army North has developed a long-term strategy to achieve its vision as the "go-to" headquarters to lead, coordinate and support DOD land domain operations in the Northern Command area of responsibility. Army North's six strategic objectives are:

- To effectively and efficiently coordinate DOD's timely response in the land domain
- To further develop, organize and unify the military capability in the land domain for CBRNE response
- To mature a regionally oriented network of Defense Coordinating Units
- To develop the capability to fulfill Army service component command functions to support Army forces deployed in the USNORTHCOM area of responsibility
- To build effective partnerships with Canada and Mexico
- To create a highly competent and disciplined workforce operating daily in a world-class work environment.

Why is this important to the Army? As the Army service component command of U.S. Northern Command, Army North is an experienced headquarters for homeland defense and civil support to protect the American people and our way of life.

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE

- 2007 Strategic Communication Guide - Read the 2007 Army Strategic Communication Guide for key messages and updates.
- Strategic Communication Coordination Group (SCCG) Workspace
- Army Public Affairs Portal

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