U.S. NORTHERN COMMAND’S SUPPORT TO HURRICANE HARVEY RESPONSE

17-006 | August 29, 2017
PETERSON AFB, Colo. -- U.S. Northern Command, in support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is responding to Hurricane Harvey response efforts by actively providing search and rescue operations, and posturing forces to quickly provide critical resources to the affected region.

Below is a roundup of the active-duty military support USNORTHCOM and its subordinate commands are providing:

New:

• Deployed a search and rescue package to include two SAR planners, nine SAR rotary wing aircraft, two fixed-wing aircraft, pararescue teams, and associated command and control elements. These SAR assets are deploying to Joint Reserve Base, Fort Worth, Texas. These Navy and Air Force SAR assets are currently executing missions; yesterday 13 sorties were flown resulting in more than 225 rescues. Today, 5 Zodiak rescue boat crews joined to assist with rescue efforts.

• One-hundred Light/Medium Tactical Vehicles are moving from Fort Hood to Katy, Texas, to support the Red Cross in the movement of personnel and patients out of flooded areas in Houston.

• The DoD Defense Logistics Agency is providing 450,000 gallons of diesel and 50,000 gallons of gas expected to arrive at Fort Hood Wednesday, Aug 30. Seven of the requested 11 generators have arrived at Seguin, Texas. The remaining four generators are expected to arrive today.

• Deployed a T-10 deputy and supporting staff in support of the Dual Status Commander (DSC) to Austin, Texas, as requested by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. The DSC for Texas is Brig. Gen. Patrick Hamilton of the Texas Army National Guard.

• The Defense Logistics Agency is managing the Randolph Incident Support Base at Seguin, Texas.

Ongoing:

• Provided a Defense Coordinating Officer with a defense supporting staff element (DCO/DCE) to the FEMA Regional Response Coordinating Center Region VI, Joint Field Office, or other location as required, to provide DoD regional knowledge, requirements validation and liaison, including as necessary State/Emergency Preparedness Liaison teams.

• Provided Randolph-Seguin as an ISB/FSA to support forward distribution of supplies/equipment to the affected area.

USNORTHCOM is responsible for homeland defense and Defense Support to Civil Authorities. And while USNORTHOCM leans forward to provide civil support assistance to FEMA for Hurricane Harvey, NORAD and USNORTHCOM remain fully capable of defending the homeland.


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