United States Northern Command: Defending Our Homeland
Lieutenant Gen. Thomas Turner, Commanding General of United States Army North, addresses participants at the Kingston Conference on International Security held in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, June 10-12, 2009. The At Home In The Americas conference in Kingston, sponsored by Queen's University, the Canadian Forces' Land Forces Doctrine and Training Systems and the United States Army War College, brought together military and civilian experts from Canada, the United States, Mexico and South America for a wide-ranging conference on hemispheric issues, including air defense, terrorism and narcotics.
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CATEGORY . U.S. Northern Command : U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) was established Oct. 1, 2002 to provide command and control of Department of Defense (DOD) homeland defense efforts and to coordinate defense support of civil authorities. USNORTHCOM defends America's homeland — protecting our people, national power, and freedom of action. ....USNORTHCOM’s AOR includes air, land and sea approaches and encompasses the continental United States, Alaska, Canada, Mexico and the surrounding water out to approximately 500 nautical miles. It also includes the Gulf of Mexico, the Straits of Florida, portions of the Caribbean region to include The Bahamas, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The commander of USNORTHCOM is responsible for theater security cooperation with Canada, Mexico, and The Bahamas. USNORTHCOM consolidates under a single unified command existing missions that were previously executed by other DOD organizations. This provides unity of command, which is critical to mission accomplishment. USNORTHCOM plans, organizes and executes homeland defense and civil support missions, but has few permanently assigned forces. The command is assigned forces whenever necessary to execute missions, as ordered by the president or secretary of defense. See ARTICLE
CATEGORY . U.S. Northern Command Crest and Heraldry : The eagle symbolizes our great nation and our alertness, ready to defend our homeland. The olive branch symbolizes peace. The .... ...A depiction of U.S. Northern Command's area of responsibility (AOR) is in the background, shielded by the eagle. [Notice that the green map in the background includes Canada, US and Mexico) See ARTICLE