Sept. 6, 2008 —
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – U.S. Northern Command is coordinating Department of Defense support to FEMA, state and local response in the aftermath of Hurricane Gustav and Tropical Storm Hanna. The command is also monitoring 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:
- USNORTHCOM, working with U.S. Transportation Command, is providing contracted airlift transportation and has begun moving up to 5,000 general population passengers evacuated as a result of Hurricane Gustav back to Louisiana today. The airlift is moving passengers from Nashville, Tenn.; Louisville, Ky.; and Ft. Smith, Ark. to New Orleans.
- Five Defense Coordinating Officers (DCOs) and Defense Coordinating Elements (DCEs) have been activated in support of Federal Emergency Management Region IV (Atlanta, Ga.; Baton Rouge, La.; Columbia, S.C.; Raleigh, N.C.; and Tallahassee, Fla.) 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.
- DoD has designated three military installations as FEMA National Logistics Staging Areas to support forward distribution of supplies and equipment to affected areas as required. The installations are Ft. Benning, Ga.; Ft. Bragg, N.C.; and Ft. Gillem, Ga.
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.