U.S. Northern Command, which protects the United States homeland, celebrated its 10th anniversary on Monday.
“This command, after 10 years, has proven its worth. It has met the challenges and validated the vision, courage and perseverance of all who worked for her success,” Army Gen. Charles Jacoby, Jr. said during ceremonies at the Northcom headquarters at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. “Ten years on, we say, ‘Duty well done.’”
USNORTHCOM was established on Oct. 1, 2002, to provide command and control of Department of Defense homeland defense efforts and to coordinate defense support of civil authorities.
USNORTHCOM’s area of responsability 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.