United States Northern Command

United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM)[7] is one of eleven unified combatant commands of the United States Department of Defense. The command is tasked with providing military support for non-military authorities in the U.S., and protecting the territory and national interests of the United States within the continental United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, The Bahamas, and the air, land and sea approaches to these areas. It is the U.S. military command which, if applicable, would be the primary defender against an invasion of the U.S.

United States Northern Command
Emblem of United States Northern Command
Founded1 October 2002
(19 years, 11 months)
Country United States of America
TypeUnified Combatant Command
Role"USNORTHCOM partners to conduct Homeland Defense and Civil Support operations within the assigned area of responsibility to defend, protect, and secure the United States and its interests."[2]
Part of Department of Defense
Headquarters Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S.
Motto(s)"We have the watch"[2]
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Commander Gen Glen D. VanHerck, USAF
Deputy Commander LTG A. C. Roper, USA[3]
Command Senior Enlisted Leader SgtMaj James K. Porterfield, USMC[4]
NATO Map Symbol[5][6]
NORTHCOM Area of Responsibility (in blue)

USNORTHCOM was created on 25 April 2002 when President George W. Bush approved a new Unified Command Plan, following the September 11 attacks. USNORTHCOM went operational on 1 October 2002.

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