THEATER SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND - SOCNORTH
COMMANDER - U.S. Army COL. Shawn R. Satterfield
SENIOR ENLISTED ADVISOR - Master Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) David L. Isom
SOCNORTH, in conjunction with interagency and regional partners- plans, coordinates, and when directed, executes special operations to defend the United States and its interests.
To provide USNORTHCOM understanding of irregular threats and facilitate cooperative action with mission partners in defense of the Homeland.
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.
Vital Archer is a yearly exercise focused on the USNORTHCOM counterterrorism mission. It is a comman post exercise as well as a field training exercise. Field training includes response to chemical, biological, and nuclear incidents. SOCNORTH also executes several exercises annually that rehearse SOF specific support to lead U.S. government agencies for resolution of threats to the homeland.