THEATER SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND - SOCNORTH
COMMANDER - U.S. Army Brigadier General Shawn R. Satterfield
SENIOR ENLISTED ADVISOR - U.S Air Force Chief Master Sergeant Clint A. Grizzell
SOCNORTH, in conjunction with interagency and regional partners - plans, coordinates, and when directed, executes special operations to defend the United States and its interests.
SOCNORTH provides USNORTHCOM an understanding of irregular threats and facilitates cooperative action with mission partners in defense of the Homeland. As an integral member of the USNORTHCOM team, SOCNORTH provides unique options to support their #1 priority – Homeland Defense. SOCNORTH is USNORTHCOM's supported command for counterterrorism, counter weapons of mass destruction, and counter transnational organized crime.
AREA OF FOCUS
SOCNORTH’s area of responsibility mirrors that of USNORTHCOM and 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, and portions of the Caribbean region to include the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The commander of SOCNORTH is responsible for maintaining existing relationships with regional SOF organizations in Canada, Mexico, and the Bahamas and facilitates their contributions to the cooperative defense of North America.