March 26, 2009 —
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – U.S. Northern Command is coordinating Department of Defense’s support to FEMA, state and local agencies in support of disaster operations in response to flooding in North Dakota.
FEMA has requested, and USNORTHCOM will support, Grand Forks Air Force Base as a National Logistics Staging Area (NLSA). The NLSA will consist of five to 10 acres of space including 1,000 square feet of office space, necessary to support forward distribution of supplies and equipment to affected areas. There may also be access to the airfield.
In addition, U.S. Northern Command has mobilized a Defense Coordinating Officer (DCO) and Defense Coordinating Element (DCE) to FEMA Region 8 Regional Response Coordination Center (RRCC) in response to the flooding. The DCO acts as the liaison between FEMA and USNORTHCOM, relaying capabilities available to FEMA and coordinating movement of active-duty personnel and equipment to assist should the need arise. The DCE acts as administrative support to the DCO.
U.S. Northern Command, established in the wake of the terrorist attacks of 9/11, is responsible for Homeland Defense and Defense Support of Civil Authorities. For more information about U.S. Northern Command please visit www.northcom.mil.