United States Southern Command

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United States Southern Command

USSOUTHCOM emblem.jpg

Emblem of the SOUTHCOM
Lineup 1963
Country United States of America
Armed forces United States Armed Forces of America
Armed forces (comprehensive)
Branch of service Unified Combatant Command
Subordinate troops

( see below )

Strength approx. 850 soldiers, approx. 130 civilian employees
Insinuation United States Department of Defense
Location Doral near Miami , Florida
motto Partnership for the Americas
( Partnership for America )
Butcher Operation Unified Response
Continuing Promise

New Horizons (NH)
Beyond the Horizon (BTH)
invasion of Panama

Commander Admiral Craig S. Faller ( USN )
Deputy Commander Lieutenant General Michael T. Plehn ( USAF )
Civilian representative of the commander Ambassador Liliana Ayalde

The United States Southern Command ( SOUTHCOM , German  Southern Command of the United States ) is one of eleven Unified Combatant Commands of the armed forces of the United States . It is responsible for the coordination and management of all US military operations in Latin America (more precisely: South and Central America ) and in the Caribbean . It is part of the Unified Combatant Command system created by the Department of Defense in 1947 and reformed in 2001.


The headquarters of SOUTHCOM has long been on the Howard Air Force Base at the opening of the Panama Canal to the Pacific through. This base was the base for the largest number of military and civil American personnel in Central America. In 1999 SOUTHCOM was relocated to Miami, just as the US government had agreed in the Torrijos-Carter Treaties in 1977, under increasing pressure from the government of Panama and the local population .

Despite all the ties to the USA, then President Ernesto Pérez Balladares was relieved about the withdrawal of the US troops: “In the last 20 to 25 years, the US presence had less and less to protect the canal, but more and more to do their own interests in the region. "

Mission and responsibility

Area of ​​responsibility of SOUTHCOM (red)

In the war on drugs , SOUTHCOM provides logistical support to the above-mentioned authorities. In order to prevent the import of drugs into the USA, SOUTHCOM monitors all air and sea routes to the USA and to allied states in the region. To this end, it consumes about one percent of the anti-drug budget of the US government (17.8 billion USD in fiscal year 2000). The SOUTHCOM is responsible for 32 sovereign states.



The headquarters of Regional Command is located in Miami ( Florida ), but it also has command post in Fort Buchanan in Guaynabo ( Puerto Rico ) and Soto Cano ( Honduras ). In addition, there are advanced command post ( FOL s, Forward Operating Locations ) in Comalapa ( El Salvador ), Manta ( Ecuador ), Mariscal Estigarribia ( Paraguay ) and on the islands of Aruba and Curacao , which the Kingdom of the Netherlands belong.

Furthermore, there are at SOUTHCOM liaison offices of other federal agencies, such as the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency), the NSA (technical intelligence ), the US Coast Guard (Coast Guard), the ICE ( Immigration and Customs Enforcement ) (customs u. Immigration Department of the Ministry of Homeland Security ), the DIA (Ministry of Defense Intelligence) and the Department of Justice .

The Manta Air Base in Ecuador is the base for SOUTHCOM's drug control.

The command has a staff of around 850 military and around 130 civilian employees.

Subordinate commands and units


No. Surname image Beginning of the appointment End of appointment
23 Admiral Craig S. Faller ( USN ) Faller at SOUTHCOM.jpg November 26, 2018 -
22nd Admiral Kurt W. Tidd ( USN ) ADM Kurt W. Tidd.jpg January 14, 2016 November 26, 2018
21st General John F. Kelly ( USMC ) John F. Kelly, 2012.jpg 19th November 2012 January 14, 2016
20th General Douglas M. Fraser ( USAF ) Douglas M Fraser 2008.jpg June 25, 2009 19th November 2012
19th Admiral James G. Stavridis ( USN ) James G. Stavridis.jpg October 19, 2006 June 25, 2009
18th General Bantz J. Craddock ( USA ) Bantz J. Craddock.jpg November 9, 2004 October 19, 2006
17th GEN James T. Hill (USA) James T Hill.jpg August 18, 2002 November 9, 2004
interim Major General Gary D. Speer (USA) OfficialPhoto SpeerGaryD ACU 2006-05.JPG September 30, 2001 August 18, 2002
16 Gene. Peter Pace ( USMC ) Peter Pace official portrait.jpg September 8, 2000 September 30, 2001
15th Gene. Charles E. Wilhelm (USMC) Charles E. Wilhelm.jpg September 25, 1997 September 8, 2000
14th GEN Wesley Clark (USA) General Wesley Clark official photograph.jpg July 1996 July 1997
interim Rear Adm. James Perkins (USN) James Perkins.jpg March 1996 June 1996
13 GEN Barry McCaffrey (USA) Barry McCaffrey.jpg February 1994 February 1996
interim MG WA Worthington (USA) December 1993 January 1994
12 GEN George A. Joulwan (USA) George Joulwan, official military photo, 1991.JPEG November 1990 November 1993
11 GEN Maxwell R. Thurman (USA) Maxwell R Thurman.jpg September 1989 November 1990
10 GEN Frederick F. Woerner (USA) Frederick Woerner.jpg June 1987 July 1989
9 GEN John R. Galvin (USA) John Galvin, official military photo, 1991.JPEG March 1985 June 1987
8th GEN Paul F. Gorman (USA) GEN Gorman, Paul Francis.jpg May 1983 March 1985
7th Lieutenant General Wallace H. Nutting (USA) Wallace H. Nutting, official military photo portrait, 1983.JPEG October 1979 May 1983
6th LTG Dennis P. McAuliffe (USA) August 1975 September 1979
5 GEN William B. Rosson (USA) William B Rosson.jpg January 1973 July 1975
4th GEN George V. Underwood (USA) GEN Underwood, George V Jr.jpg September 1971 January 1973
3 GEN George R. Mather (USA) Gen George R Mather.jpg February 1969 September 1971
2 GEN Robert W. Porter (USA) Robert W. Porter, Jr. portrait.jpg February 1965 February 1969
1 GEN Andrew P. O'Meara (USA) GEN O'Meara, Andrew Pick cropped.jpg June 1963 February 1965

The US Southern Command was activated in 1963 and emerged from the US Caribbean Command established in 1947 . Last in command of US Caribbean Command from January 1961 to June 1963 and first in command of US Southern Command since June 1963 was Lieutenant General - later General - Andrew P. O'Meara .

See also

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Le Monde diplomatique, February 12, 2010: Advanced Action Points
  2. CNN report (English)