Feb. 3, 2006 —
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – The men and women of U.S. Northern Command are "maintaining 24-hour vigilance and are ready to respond if needed" to a crisis at Sunday's Super Bowl in Detroit, said Michael Perini, the command's director of public affairs.
"We don't expect anything to happen," Perini said, "but, as always, USNORTHCOM is communicating with and is prepared to collaborate with our interagency partners in the event we're called upon."
Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff has designated the Super Bowl as a Special Event Homeland Security level one event. USNORTHCOM personnel will monitor Sunday's events in the joint operations center, the command's state-of-the-art communications and situational-awareness hub.
Established as a result of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, USNORTHCOM provides for homeland defense, including defense support of civil authorities, in accordance with U.S. laws and as directed by the president or secretary of defense. Military assistance is always in support of a lead federal agency.