USNORTHCOM members win national award

By Tech. Sgt. Kurt Arkenberg | NORAD AND USNORTHCOM Public Affairs | August 12, 2010

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Recently, two members of U.S. Northern Command's Interagency Coordination directorate received an award from the Environmental Protection Agency for their work in USNORTHCOM's Humanitarian Assistance Program.

Dan Hansen, USNORTHCOM's Humanitarian Assistance Program manager, and the EPA's International liaison, Barbara Maco, who works for USNORTHCOM via an interagency personnel agreement between USNORTHCOM and the EPA, were recognized for their continuous efforts along the Mexican border by receiving the EPA's annual Gregg A. Cooke Strategic Alliance Award.

"Recognition for this award was based on 'extraordinary efforts' taken to ensure communities on both sides of the U.S-Mexico border can be protected in the event of emergencies of any magnitude," said Sam Coleman, EPA Region 6 Superfund Division director. "The training and transfer of response equipment for our colleagues from Mexico are important steps to achieve effective response along the border.

"The EPA is pleased to have USNORTHCOM as a partner in making our border a safer place to live."

According to Hansen, winning the award was a team effort and just a common sense concept of humanitarian programs in general.

"Neighbors helping neighbors help themselves, at home or abroad, is what USNORTHCOM is about," said Hansen. "The success of everyone in the IC Humanitarian Assistance program equates to building mutually beneficial relationships and enhancing capacities before a disaster hits."