March 15, 2010 —
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.
– U.S. Northern Command has received and approved two mission assignments in support of flooding in North Dakota.
U.S. Army North Defense Coordinating Officer/Element has been activated in support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency Region VIII, 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.
The Department of Defense has also designated the Grand Forks Air Force Base as a FEMA Incident Support Base to support forward distribution of supplies and equipment to affected areas, as required.
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.
For more information, please contact NORAD and USNORTHCOM Public Affairs at (719) 554-6889. For information about NORAD or USNORTHCOM, please visit our Web sites at www.norad.mil or http://www.northcom.mil.