PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.—The U.S. Northern Command in Colorado says more than 5,200 family members of American service personnel have been flown to the United States from Japan following the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis.
Northern Command said Tuesday that about 2,600 arrived through Travis Air Force Base and San Francisco International Airport in California. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport received 2,100 people. Another 500 returned through Denver International Airport.
Northern Command is based at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs. It's responsible for the military defense of U.S. soil and supporting civilian agencies in natural or human-caused disasters.