United States Northern Command Turns 5 and United States Army North Reaches 1 Year Full Operational Capability

Monday October 1, 2007

What is it? After the events of Sept. 11, 2001, United States Northern Command was established to integrate military homeland defense efforts and to respond to natural and manmade disasters by providing defense support of civil authorities. Today, the command marks its fifth year as the defender of our homeland.

In 2004, United States Army North was conceived to execute many Northern Command missions. Since then, 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.

What has U.S. Northern Command and U.S. Army North done? Northern Command, along with Army North, has conducted an array of homeland defense and civil support missions, including responding to the Shuttle Columbia disaster, supporting Hurricanes Katrina and Rita response, monitoring the 2006 North Korean missile launches, and supporting recovery operations for the recent I-35 bridge collapse in Minneapolis.

Army North trains in numerous Northern Command and other 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. Ten 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.

Army North also trains National Guard Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Teams, which are state first responders to assess chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high-yield explosive incidents.

What efforts will U.S. Northern Command and the U.S. Army North do in the future? Northern Command will continue to constantly challenge "the way it is." It will continue to refine and transform what it does so that it can make the appropriate decisions during any crisis or contingency. It will continue to seek and aggressively advocate solutions for the nation. Army North has developed a long-term command 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.

Why are U.S. Northern Command and U.S. Army North important to the nation? Northern Command is responsible for integrating military homeland defense efforts for the nation and for responding to natural and manmade disasters in support of civil authorities to save lives, prevents loss and to relieve suffering. As the Army service component command of Northern Command, Army North is an experienced land domain headquarters for homeland defense and civil support to protect the American people and our way of life.


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