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June 2012

Commander
U.S. Marine Corps Gen. John F. Kelly

U.S. Marine Corps Gen. John F. KellyKelly comes from the Pentagon where he served as the senior military advisor to the Secretary of Defense since March 2011. As Southcom’s commander, he is now responsible for overseeing all U.S. military operations in Latin America and Caribbean.

Kelly Takes Command at Southcom

Marine Gen. John F. Kelly assumed command of U.S. Southern Command Nov. 19, 2012, vowing to extend partnership outreach throughout the region as Southcom's 22nd commander. Story

Southcom Priorities

Strengthen Regional Partnerships

Southcom Strives to Maximize
Theater Engagement Efforts

Members of the Arkansas National Guard partner with Guatemala to help build a women’s' clinic in the Guatemalan town of Tactic, part of the National Guard State Partnership program. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Anthony D. JonesU.S. Southern Command continues to move full steam ahead on its array of theater engagement programs while exploring new and more efficient ways to conduct them and to maximize their impact. Story

Confront Regional Challenges

Kelly Warns of Potential Crime-Terror Nexus in Latin America

Southern Command, left, is greeted by Peruvian President Ollanta Humala, Jan. 22, 2013. Kelly visited Lima, Peru, to meet with senior defense and government officials to discuss shared security concerns and cooperation. Photo courtesy of the Peruvian Presidential PalaceA potential connection between crime syndicates and terrorists in Latin America would constitute a clear danger to the region, Marine Corps Gen. John F. Kelly, commander of U.S. Southern Command, told reporters at the Pentagon. Story

Support Humanitarian, Disaster Reponse

Southcom, Partners Prepare to
Respond to Natural Disasters

U.S. Marines depart a CH-53E Super Stallion as it prepares to depart from a landing zone in Leogane, Haiti, Jan. 25, 2010. The Marines flew into the area the previous day, establishing a new humanitarian aid receiving area for Haitian earthquake victims at a missionary compound. The Marines are assigned to Lima Company, Battalion Landing Team, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Bobbie A. CurtisPutting lessons learned from the 2010 earthquake response in Haiti into practice, U.S. Southern Command has entered this year’s hurricane season ready to provide timely, effective aid should another disaster strike the region. Story

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