Army North helps Haiti effort

By U.S. Army North PAO | January 19, 2010

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas — The U.S. Army North headquarters based here is supporting the U.S. Southern Command-led effort to bring relief to the people of Haiti.

Army North is the Joint Force Land Component Command for U.S. Northern Command in the continental United States.

“So far we have positioned Defense Coordinating Officials and their teams with other state and federal officials in the southeastern U.S. in anticipation of requests for assistance from other U.S. government agencies,” said Maj. Gen. Perry Wiggins, Army North deputy commanding general.
State emergency preparedness liaison officers have also moved to the SOUTHCOM headquarters to facilitate future operations.

“We grieve for every person who has suffered since the earthquake struck, and we are proud to support this effort,” Wiggins said.

Army North routinely provides defense support of civil authorities on behalf of NORTHCOM.

“Our Joint Task Force – Civil Support, based at Fort Monroe, Va., and other units associated with the command, are available to respond to contingencies here, including helping agencies involved with this operation.”
Many of these units have been notified of possible support to government agencies should stateside missions occur.

“We are in constant communication with those agencies that are conducting operations,” said Wiggins.