NorthCom Confirmation

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has approved locating a new military joint command at Peterson Air Force Base.

The Northern Command is scheduled to begin operations in October
and be fully operational a year later.

It will be responsible for homeland defense. Rumsfeld's decision was based largely on an environmental assessment that determined no significant effects of locating the command at Peterson. The base currently is the headquarters for the U.S. Space Command.

Northern Command will be headed by General Ralph Eberhart. About 100 members of the command's transition team will begin arriving in Colorado Springs next week to begin training.