U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South

 

U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South

Miami, Florida
Marine Forces South Commander Hosts Fall Family Day At Miami Seaquarium
MIAMI— Sergeant Major James Calbough cheers along with other family members of U.S. Marine Corps Forces South as a dolphin leaps from the water during the Dolphin Encounter at the Miami Seaquarium Sept. 6, 2014. Brigadier General David W. Coffman, commander for U.S. Marine Corps Forces South, hosted a fall family day at the Miami Seaquarium for the Marines and their families under his command Sept. 6, 2014. (Official Marine Corps photo by SSgt. Earnest J. Barnes//Released)
partnership of the Americas 2014
The Chilean ships Rancagua (LST-92), Almirante Riveros and Sargento Aldea (LSDH-91) sail alongside the Mexican ship ARM Usumacinta during Partnership of the Americas (POA) 2014. The ships are accompanied by two U.S. Marine CH-46E Sea Knights from HMM-364. Representatives from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Paraguay and the United States are participating in POA 2014 from Aug. 11-22, 2014. This exercise is designed to enhance joint and combined interoperability, increase the combined capability to execute Amphibious Operations, Peace Support Operations and Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief missions and further develop strong and lasting relationships the U.S. Marine Corps has established with Partner Nations naval infantries/marine corps. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Paul Seeber/Released)
Service members participating in Partnership of the Americas 2014 attend Closing Ceremony aboard the Chilean ship LSDH Sargento Aldea Aug. 22, 2014
Brig. Gen. David Coffman, commander Marine Forces South, greets representatives from partner nations who participated in Partnership of the Americas 2014 at the Closing Ceremony aboard the Chilean ship LSDH Sargento Aldea Aug. 22, 2014. Representatives from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Paraguay, and the United States participated in POA 2014 from Aug. 11-22, 2014. This exercise is designed to enhance joint and combined interoperability, increase the combined capability to execute Amphibious Operations, Peace Support Operations, and Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief missions, and further develop strong and lasting relationships the U.S. Marine Corps has established with partner nations' naval infantries/marine corps.
Secretary of the Navy Visits Reserve Marines in Support of Partnership of the Americas
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus visited the Marines and sailors of Marine Forces South, 1st Battalion, 23rd Marines, 4th Civil Affairs Group, 4th Marine Logistics Group and Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364 aboard the Chilean ship LSDH Sargento Aldea, August 21, 2014 in Valparaiso, Chile during Partnership of the Americas 2014. POA 14 is designed to enhance joint and combined interoperability, increase the combined capability to execute Amphibious Operations, Peace Support Operations, and Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief missions, and further develop strong and lasting relationships the U.S. Marine Corps has established with partner nation’s naval infantries/marine corps.
HMM 364 flies in Chile
A U.S. Marine crew member aboard a CH-46E Sea Knight from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364 (HMM-364) takes in the view during a flight along the coast of Chile as part of Partnership of the Americas (POA) 2014. Representatives from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Paraguay and the United States are participating in POA 2014 from Aug. 11-22, 2014. This exercise is designed to enhance joint and combined interoperability, increase the combined capability to execute Amphibious Operations, Peace Support Operations and Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief missions and further develop strong and lasting relationships the U.S. Marine Corps has established with Partner Nations naval infantries/marine corps. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Paul Seeber/Released)
General takes flight
U.S. Marine Brigadier General David W. Coffman, Commander, United States Marine Corps Forces, South, flies a CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter along the coast of Chile during Partnership of the Americas (POA) 2014. Representatives from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Paraguay and the United States are participating in POA 2014 from Aug. 11-22, 2014. This exercise is designed to enhance joint and combined interoperability, increase the combined capability to execute Amphibious Operations, Peace Support Operations and Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief missions and further develop strong and lasting relationships the U.S. Marine Corps has established with Partner Nations naval infantries/marine corps. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Paul Seeber/Released)
Southern Partnership Station 14
Guatemalan Brigada de Infanteria de Marina (BIM) engineer Soldado Primero Osman Gwaldemar Orellaia Monroy along with U.S. Marines from 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, and U.S. Navy Seabees from Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit 202, help to remodel the Biblioteca Municipal Corporacion 74-78. The BIM engineers along with their U.S. counterparts help renovate the local library as part of a humanitarian engineering project in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala, Aug. 14, 2014. The Marines and Sailors are helping to remodel buildings in support of Southern Partnership Station 2014, a combined joint exercise focused on subject matter expert exchanges with partner nations and security forces as well as military to military engagements and community relations projects in Central America. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Chloe Nelson, 2D MAR DIV Combat Camera/ Released)
Southern Partnership Station 14
U.S. Marines from 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, reinstall a piece of glass in order to reapply a water proofing seal around the edges of the window pane. The Guatemala Brigada de Infanteria de Marina (BIM) engineers along with their U.S. counterparts help renovate the Biblioteca Municipal Corporacion 74-78 as part of a humanitarian engineering project in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala, Aug. 14, 2014. The Marines and Sailors are helping to remodel buildings in support of Southern Partnership Station 2014, a combined joint exercise focused on subject matter expert exchanges with partner nations and security forces as well as military to military engagements and community relations projects in Central America. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Chloe Nelson, 2D MAR DIV Combat Camera/ Released)
Guatemalan Brigada de Infanteria de Marina (BIM) engineers paint the exterior walls in order to help remodel the Biblioteca Municipal Corporacion 74-78. The BIM engineers along with their U.S. counterparts help renovate the local library as part of a humanitarian engineering project in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala, Aug. 14, 2014. The Marines and Sailors are helping to remodel buildings in support of Southern Partnership Station 2014, a combined joint exercise focused on subject matter expert exchanges with partner nations and security forces as well as military to military engagements and community relations projects in Central America. (U.S.  Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Chloe Nelson, 2D MAR DIV Combat Camera/ Released)
Southern Partnership Station 14
Guatemalan Brigada de Infanteria de Marina (BIM) engineers paint the exterior walls in order to help remodel the Biblioteca Municipal Corporacion 74-78. The BIM engineers along with their U.S. counterparts help renovate the local library as part of a humanitarian engineering project in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala, Aug. 14, 2014. The Marines and Sailors are helping to remodel buildings in support of Southern Partnership Station 2014, a combined joint exercise focused on subject matter expert exchanges with partner nations and security forces as well as military to military engagements and community relations projects in Central America. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Chloe Nelson, 2D MAR DIV Combat Camera/ Released)
Southern Partnership Station 14
Guatemalan Marines with the Brigada De Infantería de Marina (BIM) conduct different hand to hand combat training techniques used in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP) held by the Landing Attack and Subsequent Operations (LASO) team at the BIM base, Puerto Barrios, Guatemala, Aug. 11, 2014. The LASO team is part of Southern Partnership Station 14, a combined joint exercise focused on subject matter expert exchanges with partner nations and security forces as well as military to military engagements and community relations projects in Central America. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Nicholas T. Nohalty, 2D MARDIV Combat Camera/Released)
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Shane Marcus, an instructor with the Landing Attack and Subsequent Operations (LASO) team advises Guatemalan Marines with the Brigada De Infantería de Marina (BIM) on proper combat stances used in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP) at the BIM base, Puerto Barrios, Guatemala, Aug. 11, 2014. The LASO team is part of Southern Partnership Station 14, a combined joint exercise focused on subject matter expert exchanges with partner nations and security forces as well as military to military engagements and community relations projects in Central America. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Nicholas T. Nohalty, 2D MARDIV Combat Camera/Released)
Southern Partnership Station 14
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Shane Marcus, an instructor with the Landing Attack and Subsequent Operations (LASO) team advises Guatemalan Marines with the Brigada De Infantería de Marina (BIM) on proper combat stances used in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP) at the BIM base, Puerto Barrios, Guatemala, Aug. 11, 2014. The LASO team is part of Southern Partnership Station 14, a combined joint exercise focused on subject matter expert exchanges with partner nations and security forces as well as military to military engagements and community relations projects in Central America. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Nicholas T. Nohalty, 2D MARDIV Combat Camera/Released)
U.S. Marine Cpl. Michael Bostic, a combat engineer with 8th Engineer Support Battalion (ESB) hammers a nail in a platform for a South West Asia (SWA) hut. The SWA hut is being built as a multi-purpose classroom for the Brigada De Infantería de Marina (BIM) at the BIM base, Puerto Barrios, Guatemala, Aug. 12, 2014. The Combat Engineers are part of Southern Partnership Station 14, a combined joint exercise focused on subject matter expert exchanges with partner nations and security forces as well as military to military engagements and community relations projects in Central America. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Nicholas T. Nohalty, 2D MARDIV Combat Camera/Released)
Southern Partnership Station 14
U.S. Marine Cpl. Michael Bostic, a combat engineer with 8th Engineer Support Battalion (ESB) hammers a nail in a platform for a South West Asia (SWA) hut. The SWA hut is being built as a multi-purpose classroom for the Brigada De Infantería de Marina (BIM) at the BIM base, Puerto Barrios, Guatemala, Aug. 12, 2014. The Combat Engineers are part of Southern Partnership Station 14, a combined joint exercise focused on subject matter expert exchanges with partner nations and security forces as well as military to military engagements and community relations projects in Central America. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Nicholas T. Nohalty, 2D MARDIV Combat Camera/Released)
Leaders

Commander, United States Marine Corps Forces, South
Brigadier General Eric M. Smith
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Chief of Staff, United States Marine Corps Forces, South
Col. Michael T. Cuccio
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Sergeant Major, United States Marine Corps Forces, South
Sergeant Major James N. Calbough
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Mission
U.S. Marine Forces South is the U. S. Marine Corps Service Component Command for U. S. Southern Command. Commander MARFORSOUTH, commands all Marine forces assigned to Commander, SOUTHCOM; advises the Commander, SOUTHCOM on the proper employment and support of Marine forces; conducts deployment and redeployment planning and execution of assigned, attached Marine forces; and accomplishes other operational missions as assigned.
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