Sept. 8, 2008 —
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – U.S. Northern Command is coordinating Department of Defense’s support to FEMA, state and local response in anticipation of Hurricane Ike and preparing for its potential landfall in the United States.
The following is a list of DoD assets and personnel that are part of U.S. Northern Command’s support efforts:
- DoD has designated four new military installations as FEMA National Logistics Staging Areas to support forward distribution of supplies and equipment to affected areas as required. The installations are Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.; Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla.; Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, Ga., and Naval Air Station Meridian, Miss.
- Defense Coordinating Officers/Elements have been activated in support of the Federal Emergency Management Region IV (Tallahassee, Fla.); FEMA Region X (Austin, Texas); and FEMA Region VI (Baton Rouge, La.) to provide assessment and coordination as required. DCOs and DCEs work very closely with federal, state, tribal and local officials to determine what unique DoD capabilities can be brought to assist in mitigating the effects of a natural disaster.
- USNORTHCOM, working with U.S. Transportation Command, provided contracted airlift transportation and moved approximately 2,700 general population passengers evacuated as a result of Hurricane Gustav back to Louisiana. The airlift moved passengers from Nashville, Tenn.; Louisville, Ky.; and Ft. Smith, Ark. to New Orleans. Twenty-six flights were flown as part of this support.
USNORTHCOM is the joint combatant command formed in the wake of the Sept.11, 2001 terrorist attacks to provide homeland defense and defense support of civil authorities. USNORTHCOM anticipates requests, actions and requirements to support developing situations. Its subordinate commands are Joint Forces Headquarters National Capital Region, Joint Task Force Alaska, Joint Task Force Civil Support, Joint Task Force North, and Standing Joint Force Headquarters North.
The command is responsible for the operational control of all active-duty military responses to a disaster when requested by the state and ordered by the president and the secretary of defense.