The only U.S. military command focused solely on defending the country will be fully operational in a matter of days, two years after the terrorist attack that led to its formation.
Army Lieutenant Colonel Shelly Stellwagen works at the U.S. Northern Command headquarters at Peterson Air Force Base, and says she lost eight friends at the Pentagon.
She says the fight is a grudge match that the U.S. is going to win.
Over the past year officials at the Air Force base near Colorado Springs have been tweaking Northcom's structure and operations in tackling its twin missions of defending the country and supporting civil authorities.
It will be fully operational by Oct. 1.