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U.S. Air Force Capt. Kimberly Warstler, R.N., stationed at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., dons proper personal protective equipment to enter a room with a COVID-19 positive patient at the Del Sol Medical Center in El Paso, Texas, Nov. 13, 2020. Warstler is a Lone Star State native, having received her nursing degree from Texas Tech University, and says she’s proud to return to help during the COVID-19 pandemic. She, along with approximately 60 service members, are working jointly with the civilian hospitals to assist in the mitigation of the virus and help citizens in need. U.S. Northern Command, through U.S. Army North, remains committed to providing flexible Department of Defense support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency in support of the whole-of-America COVID-19 response. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Samantha Hall)
ARNORTH to expand military COVID-19 operations to North Dakota
By U.S. Army North Public Affairs | Nov. 20, 2020
At the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Defense is deploying approximately 60 U.S. Air Force medical personnel to support hospitals across multiple locations in North Dakota. U.S. Army North (ARNORTH), the Joint Force Land Component Command of U.S Northern Command, will oversee the military operation in support of Federal efforts and the state.

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ARNORTH to oversee military COVID-19 operation in El Paso
By U.S. Army North Public Affairs | Nov. 6, 2020
At the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, three U.S. Air Force Medical Specialty Teams, part of a Department of Defense COVID-19 operation in Texas, will begin to deploy today to El Paso. U.S. Army North, U.S. Northern Command’s Joint Force Land Component Command, will oversee the military operation in support of federal efforts and the state.

Airman 1st Class Michael, 432nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief speaks to a pilot via walkie-talkie before takeoff at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada, Sept. 26, 2020. Aircrews provided real-time video in an effort to map fire perimeters and alert first responders of the spread and potential impact of the fires in California. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class William Rio Rosado)
DoD activates MQ-9s for imagery support in wildland fire fighting
By 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs | Oct. 20, 2020
Airmen at the 432nd Wing recently participated in Department of Defense support efforts to fight the California wildland fires.

Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System-equipped C-130 planes, MAFFS 2, assigned to 302nd Airlift Wing, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., and MAFFS 8, assigned to 152nd Airlift Wing, Reno, Nev., are mission-ready at McClellan Airbase, Sacramento, Calf., July 31, 2020. The MAFFS units were activated to support wildfire suppression efforts in California. (Courtesy photo)
Nevada Air Guard MAFFS activation extended as western wildfires rage
By Airman 1st Class Michelle Brooks | Aug. 27, 2020
Members of the 152nd Airlift Wing, Nevada Air National Guard activated July 29, the unit’s first firefighting activation in two years following a 2019 season that saw little need to request the military as a surge capacity for wildland fire suppression efforts.

Air Force Gen. Glen D. VanHerck, incoming commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, accepts the Northcom flag from Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper, during a change-of-command ceremony at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., Aug. 20, 2020. VanHerck took command from Air Force Gen. Terrence. J. O’Shaughnessy, who retired after 34 years of military service.
Leaders Extol U.S., Canadian Cooperation in Defense of North America
By David Vergun | Aug. 20, 2020
Top U.S. and Canadian defense leaders applauded the combined efforts of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command in defending the continent as leadership of the two commands changed hands.

U.S. Army North hosted mission partners during the 2020 ARNORTH Hurricane Rehearsal of Concept Drill, held at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston both in-person and virtually, July 9. The event included more than 250 leaders from federal, state, U.S. territories and the military, to discuss their respective courses of action in the event of a hurricane response.
US Army North Hosts Hurricane Rehearsal of Concept Drill
By Nicole Hawk | July 21, 2020
U.S. Army North, federal, state, tribal and territorial partners are ready to respond as we near peak hurricane season for the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico.

Lt. Gen. Laura Richardson (second from left), commander of U.S. Army North, views the patient area of the intensive care unit at the Javits New York Medical Station, April 12, 2020. While the peak of her command's COVID-19 response has passed, Richardson recently said it remains poised to step up and help should the need arise.
U.S. Army North ready to battle COVID-19 after busy spring
By Sean Kimmons | July 16, 2020
Lt. Gen. Laura Richardson, the head of U.S. Northern Command’s land forces spoke recently of the lessons learned from its ongoing battle against COVID-19, as the command prepares to send more troops to hotspots in Texas and California.

Adaptability and Resilience: EMF-M's Historic Stateside Deployment Supporting COVID-19
By Andre B. Sobocinski | July 15, 2020
On March 30, 2020, EMF-M answered the nation's call and did what no expeditionary hospital had done previously-deploy to five stateside locations simultaneously, in support of a pandemic response.

Army Capt. Stacey Johnson, critical care nurse from Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force-627, provides positioning aids to a COVID-19 patient July 10 at Baptist Hospital, in San Antonio. The UAMTF is comprised of Soldiers with various medical specialties from the 627th Hospital Center, Fort Carson, Colorado, and deployed to support San Antonio hospitals during the COVID-19 response. U.S. Northern Command, through U.S. Army North, is providing military support to states in need.
ARNORTH to oversee military COVID-19 operations in Texas, California
By U.S. Army North Public Affairs | July 13, 2020
At the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and state officials, approximately 740 Department of Defense medical and support professionals from the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force are assigned as part of DOD’s ongoing COVID-19 operations in Texas and California. As part of the whole-of-America response, U.S. Army North, U.S. Northern Command’s Joint Forces Land Component Command, will oversee the military operation in support of federal efforts and the state.

The lead ground-based interceptor is launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., March 25, 2019, in the first salvo engagement test of a threat-representative intercontinental ballistic missile target. The two ground-based interceptors successfully intercepted a target launched from the Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site on Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific Ocean.
Changes in Tech, Strategy Drive Missile Defense
By Jim Garamone | June 25, 2020
WASHINGTON -- Changes to technologies, strategy and capabilities make a good case for closer cooperation among the combatant commands, the services and allies in regard to missile defense, military officers charged with this crucial mission said.