USNORTHCOM SUPPORT CONTINUES

By NORAD and USNORTHCOM Public Affairs | August 26, 2011

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - U.S. Northern Command is coordinating Department of Defense’s support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, state and local response efforts in anticipation of Hurricane Irene and preparing for its landfall along the east coast. FEMA has requested, and USNORTHCOM is currently supporting, 13 mission assignments.

The following is a list of DoD assets and personnel that are part of USNORTHCOM’s support efforts:

USNORTHCOM is currently supporting these new operations in the last 24 hours:

• USNORTHCOM activated the Defense Coordinating Officer and Defense Coordinating Element from U.S. Army North FEMA Region IX in support of the FEMA Region I (Massachusetts).

• USNORTHCOM designated Joint Base, McQuire-Dix-Lakehust, N.J., as an Incident Support Base to stage asset movement to impacted counties in FEMA Region II and III.

• USNORTHCOM designated Fort Devens, Mass., as an Incident Support Base to stage asset movement to impacted counties in FEMA Region I.

On-going Operations:

• USNORTHCOM activated the Defense Coordinating Officer and Defense Coordinating Element from U.S. Army North in support of FEMA Regions I (Regional Response Coordination Center), II (New Jersey/New York), III (Virginia), and IV (North Carolina).

• USNORTHCOM is also providing FEMA with pararescue and 18 rotary wing aircraft in anticipation of search and rescue operations for Hurricane Irene response.

• USNORTHCOM designated Westover Air Reserve Base, Mass., as an Incident Support Base to stage asset movement to impacted counties.

• USNORTHCOM activated the Defense Coordinating Officer and Defense Coordinating Element from U.S. Army North and Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officers in support of the FEMA National Response Coordination Center to provide assessments and coordination as required.

• USNORTHCOM activated and deployed transportation specialists to the FEMA Movement Coordination Center to augment and assist in strategic-level movement and logistics planning.

• USNORTHCOM designated Fort Bragg, N.C., as an Incident Support Base to stage asset movement to impacted counties in North Carolina and South Carolina.

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.