U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South

 

U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South

Miami, Florida
Brigadier General Kevin M. Iiams took the command battle colors from Sgt. Maj. James N. Calbough, sergeant major for U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South, as he assumed the role of commander Jan. 7, 2016.  The Marines from MARFORSOUTH hosted the senior leadership of U.S. Southern Command and other service members during an Assumption of Command ceremony. (Official Marine Corps Photo by SSgt. Earnest J. Barnes/Released)
Brig. Gen. Kevin M. Iiams assumes command of MARFORSOUTH
Brigadier General Kevin M. Iiams took the command battle colors from Sgt. Maj. James N. Calbough, sergeant major for U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South, as he assumed the role of commander Jan. 7, 2016. The Marines from MARFORSOUTH hosted the senior leadership of U.S. Southern Command and other service members during an Assumption of Command ceremony. (Official Marine Corps Photo by SSgt. Earnest J. Barnes/Released)
Brigadier General Paul K. Lebidine, the commanding general for 4th Marine Division, speaks to the members of the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South Security-Cooperation-Team prior to their deployment to Central America.  The Security Cooperation Team will focus on developing, building and sustaining partnerships, and increasing regional stability through tailor-made training to fit the unique needs of Partner Nation forces. (Official Marine Corps photo by SSgt. Earnest J. Barnes/Released)
4th Marine Division Commanding General Visit SC Team Marines
Brigadier General Paul K. Lebidine, the commanding general for 4th Marine Division, speaks to the members of the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South Security-Cooperation-Team prior to their deployment to Central America. The Security Cooperation Team will focus on developing, building and sustaining partnerships, and increasing regional stability through tailor-made training to fit the unique needs of Partner Nation forces. (Official Marine Corps photo by SSgt. Earnest J. Barnes/Released)
The Marines of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South pose for a photograph with Trooper Jose Sanchez, Troop E, Florida Highway Patrol, after a vehicle safety brief Dec. 11, 2015.  Trooper Sanchez, a 28-year veteran of the FHP, volunteered to give the Marines the safety brief prior to the holiday break.  (Official Marine Corps photo by SSgt. Earnest J. Barnes/Released)
FHP Troopper Briefs MARFORSOUTH Marines
The Marines of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South pose for a photograph with Trooper Jose Sanchez, Troop E, Florida Highway Patrol, after a vehicle safety brief Dec. 11, 2015. Trooper Sanchez, a 28-year veteran of the FHP, volunteered to give the Marines the safety brief prior to the holiday break. (Official Marine Corps photo by SSgt. Earnest J. Barnes/Released)
Members of the Brazilian Marine Corps conduct an amphibious landing exercise during UNITAS Amphibious 2015 at Ilha de Marambaia, Brazil, Nov. 20, 2015. UNITAS Amphibious is a multi-nation exercise designed to increase interoperability in Amphibious Operations between participating countries. (Photo taken by U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Issac Velasquez/Released)
UNITAS Amphibious 2015 landing exercise
Members of the Brazilian Marine Corps conduct an amphibious landing exercise during UNITAS Amphibious 2015 at Ilha de Marambaia, Brazil, Nov. 20, 2015. UNITAS Amphibious is a multi-nation exercise designed to increase interoperability in Amphibious Operations between participating countries. (Photo taken by U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Issac Velasquez/Released)
A Mexican Marine engage targets with his M-16 service rifle alongside partner nations during UNITAS Amphibious 2015 at Ilha do Governador, Brazil, Nov. 17, 2015. Exercises like UNITAS Amphib bring together countries in the Western Hemisphere to exchange knowledge and tactics. This allows us to build more effective partnerships so we are ready to respond to any emergency. (Photo taken by U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Ricardo Davila/Released)
Partner Nations Rifle Range
A Mexican Marine engage targets with his M-16 service rifle alongside partner nations during UNITAS Amphibious 2015 at Ilha do Governador, Brazil, Nov. 17, 2015. Exercises like UNITAS Amphib bring together countries in the Western Hemisphere to exchange knowledge and tactics. This allows us to build more effective partnerships so we are ready to respond to any emergency. (Photo taken by U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Ricardo Davila/Released)
An AS332 Super Puma from the Brazilian Marine Corps drops role-playing refugees off during UNITAS Amphibious 2015 at Ilha de Marambaia, Brazil, Nov. 20, 2015. UNITAS Amphibious helps ensure that the Marine Corps’/naval infantries of the region are postured to provide ready and relevant forces to respond to emergencies anywhere in the western hemisphere. (Photo taken by U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Issac Velasquez/Released)
UNITAS refugee transportation training
An AS332 Super Puma from the Brazilian Marine Corps drops role-playing refugees off during UNITAS Amphibious 2015 at Ilha de Marambaia, Brazil, Nov. 20, 2015. UNITAS Amphibious helps ensure that the Marine Corps’/naval infantries of the region are postured to provide ready and relevant forces to respond to emergencies anywhere in the western hemisphere. (Photo taken by U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Issac Velasquez/Released)
Pilots and crewmen from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM-764), 4th Marine Air Wing, Marine Forces Reserve, embark their aircraft for their 6,165 mile trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in support of UNITAS Amphibious 2015 here on Nov. 6, 2015, marking the longest movement in the MV-22B Ospreys operational history. UNITAS Amphibious is a multi-nation exercise designed to increase interoperability in Amphibious Operations and Humanitarian/Disaster Relief missions among participating countries.
VMM-764 flies to Brazil
Pilots and crewmen from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM-764), 4th Marine Air Wing, Marine Forces Reserve, embark their aircraft for their 6,165 mile trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in support of UNITAS Amphibious 2015 here on Nov. 6, 2015, marking the longest movement in the MV-22B Ospreys operational history. UNITAS Amphibious is a multi-nation exercise designed to increase interoperability in Amphibious Operations and Humanitarian/Disaster Relief missions among participating countries.
Brigadier General Paul J. Rock Jr., the Director for the U.S. Southern Command’s Strategy, Policy, and Plans division, cuts a piece of cake during the SOUTHCOM and U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South, birthday celebration Nov. 10, 2015.   Service members from SOUTHCOM and MARFORSOUTH came together during a cake cutting ceremony to commemorate the 240th anniversary of the U.S. Marine Corps.  (U.S. Marine Corps Photos by SSgt Earnest. J. Barnes/Released)
Marines Commenorate 240th Birthday
Brigadier General Paul J. Rock Jr., the Director for the U.S. Southern Command’s Strategy, Policy, and Plans division, cuts a piece of cake during the SOUTHCOM and U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South, birthday celebration Nov. 10, 2015. Service members from SOUTHCOM and MARFORSOUTH came together during a cake cutting ceremony to commemorate the 240th anniversary of the U.S. Marine Corps. (U.S. Marine Corps Photos by SSgt Earnest. J. Barnes/Released)
Infante de Marina Marlon Najera, rifleman, Brigada de Infanteria Marina, executes room clearing exercises during an Urban Combat Course led by U.S. Marines with Security Cooperation Team-Guatemala, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Southern Command in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala, Sept. 29, 2015. SPMAGTF-SC is a temporary deployment of Marines and Sailors throughout Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Belize with a focus on building and maintaining partnership capacity with each country through shared values, challenges, and responsibilities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Abraham Lopez/Released)
U.S. Marines with SCT-Guatemala, SPMAGTF-SC, teach room clearing tactics to the Brigada de Infanteria Marina
Infante de Marina Marlon Najera, rifleman, Brigada de Infanteria Marina, executes room clearing exercises during an Urban Combat Course led by U.S. Marines with Security Cooperation Team-Guatemala, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Southern Command in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala, Sept. 29, 2015. SPMAGTF-SC is a temporary deployment of Marines and Sailors throughout Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Belize with a focus on building and maintaining partnership capacity with each country through shared values, challenges, and responsibilities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Abraham Lopez/Released)
Marines and soldiers with Brigada de Infanteria Marina line up outside of a door before clearing a room during the urban operations training portion of an Urban Combat Course led by U.S. Marines with Security Cooperation Team-Guatemala, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Southern Command in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala, Sept. 25, 2015. SPMAGTF-SC is a temporary deployment of Marines and Sailors throughout Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Belize with a focus on building and maintaining partnership capacity with each country through shared values, challenges, and responsibilities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Abraham Lopez/Released)
US Marines teach tactics to Guatemalan forces
Marines and soldiers with Brigada de Infanteria Marina line up outside of a door before clearing a room during the urban operations training portion of an Urban Combat Course led by U.S. Marines with Security Cooperation Team-Guatemala, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Southern Command in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala, Sept. 25, 2015. SPMAGTF-SC is a temporary deployment of Marines and Sailors throughout Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Belize with a focus on building and maintaining partnership capacity with each country through shared values, challenges, and responsibilities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Abraham Lopez/Released)
A young boy wears a hard hat while U.S. Marines with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Southern Command continue construction on a new classroom at Victor Hugo School in Puerto Lempira, Honduras, Sept. 24, 2015. SPMAGTF-SC is a temporary deployment of Marines and Sailors throughout Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Belize with a focus on building and maintaining partnership capacity with each country through shared values, challenges, and responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Katelyn Hunter/Released).
US Marines ensure Honduran children have classrooms
A young boy wears a hard hat while U.S. Marines with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Southern Command continue construction on a new classroom at Victor Hugo School in Puerto Lempira, Honduras, Sept. 24, 2015. SPMAGTF-SC is a temporary deployment of Marines and Sailors throughout Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Belize with a focus on building and maintaining partnership capacity with each country through shared values, challenges, and responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Katelyn Hunter/Released).
U.S. Marines with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Southern Command take part in a 7 mile unit hike at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, Oct. 1, 2015. SPMAGTF-SC is a temporary deployment of Marines and Sailors throughout Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Belize with a focus on building and maintaining partnership capacity with each country through shared values, challenges, and responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Stephanie Cervantes/Released)
SPMAGTF-SC take part in a 7 mile unit hike
U.S. Marines with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Southern Command take part in a 7 mile unit hike at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, Oct. 1, 2015. SPMAGTF-SC is a temporary deployment of Marines and Sailors throughout Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Belize with a focus on building and maintaining partnership capacity with each country through shared values, challenges, and responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Stephanie Cervantes/Released)
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Jorge Flores, squad advisor, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Southern Command advises Seaman Apprentice Andrew Caine, Belize Coast Guard, during a field exercise in Ladyville, Belize, Sept. 29, 2015. SPMAGTF-SC is a temporary deployment of Marines and Sailors throughout Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Belize with a focus on building and maintaining partnership capacity with each country through shared values, challenges, and responsibilities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Shakeasha  J. Payton/Released)
SPMAGTF-SC Marines train Belize military
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Jorge Flores, squad advisor, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Southern Command advises Seaman Apprentice Andrew Caine, Belize Coast Guard, during a field exercise in Ladyville, Belize, Sept. 29, 2015. SPMAGTF-SC is a temporary deployment of Marines and Sailors throughout Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Belize with a focus on building and maintaining partnership capacity with each country through shared values, challenges, and responsibilities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Shakeasha J. Payton/Released)
Local children watch as U.S. Marines with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Southern Command load gear into a CH-53 Super Stallion in Puerto Lempira, Honduras, Oct. 16, 2015. SPMAGTF-SC is a temporary deployment of Marines and Sailors throughout Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Belize with a focus on building and maintaining partnership capacity with each country through shared values, challenges, and responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Katelyn Hunter/Released)
Marines Load Gear Onto Helicopter
Local children watch as U.S. Marines with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Southern Command load gear into a CH-53 Super Stallion in Puerto Lempira, Honduras, Oct. 16, 2015. SPMAGTF-SC is a temporary deployment of Marines and Sailors throughout Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Belize with a focus on building and maintaining partnership capacity with each country through shared values, challenges, and responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Katelyn Hunter/Released)
A C-130 Hercules, carrying approximately 20 U.S. Marines, takes off from Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, Oct. 15, 2015. This will be the first group of Marines to redeploy back to the states. SPMAGTF-SC is a temporary deployment of Marines and sailors throughout Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Belize with a focus on building and maintaining partnership capacity with each country through shared values, challenges and responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Andy J. Orozco/Released)
First group of SPMAGTF-SC Marines redeploy back to states
A C-130 Hercules, carrying approximately 20 U.S. Marines, takes off from Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, Oct. 15, 2015. This will be the first group of Marines to redeploy back to the states. SPMAGTF-SC is a temporary deployment of Marines and sailors throughout Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Belize with a focus on building and maintaining partnership capacity with each country through shared values, challenges and responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Andy J. Orozco/Released)
Lt. Col. David T. Hudak, commanding officer of the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force- Southern Command, presents scissors to Eduardo Sinclair Chow, the mayor of Puerto Lempira during the opening ceremony of Victor Hugo Echeverria primary school at Puerto Lempira, Honduras, Oct. 16, 2015. Marines built three schools in approximately three months in Puerto Lempira improving the learning environment for hundreds of local children. SPMAGTF-SC is a temporary deployment of Marines and sailors throughout Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Belize with a focus on building and maintaining partnership capacity with each country through shared values, challenges and responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Andy J. Orozco/Released)
SPMAGTF-SC Marines build third, final school in Puerto Lempira
Lt. Col. David T. Hudak, commanding officer of the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force- Southern Command, presents scissors to Eduardo Sinclair Chow, the mayor of Puerto Lempira during the opening ceremony of Victor Hugo Echeverria primary school at Puerto Lempira, Honduras, Oct. 16, 2015. Marines built three schools in approximately three months in Puerto Lempira improving the learning environment for hundreds of local children. SPMAGTF-SC is a temporary deployment of Marines and sailors throughout Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Belize with a focus on building and maintaining partnership capacity with each country through shared values, challenges and responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Andy J. Orozco/Released)
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jacy Connell, a CH-53 Super Stallion flight crewman, and Derry, N.H., native, with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Southern Command watches as the CH-53 Super Stallion leaves the ground from Puerto Lempira, Honduras, Oct. 6, 2015. SPMAGTF-SC is a temporary deployment of Marines and Sailors throughout Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Belize with a focus on building and maintaining partnership capacity with each country through shared values, challenges, and responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Katelyn Hunter/Released)
CH-53 Leaves Puerto Lempira
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jacy Connell, a CH-53 Super Stallion flight crewman, and Derry, N.H., native, with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Southern Command watches as the CH-53 Super Stallion leaves the ground from Puerto Lempira, Honduras, Oct. 6, 2015. SPMAGTF-SC is a temporary deployment of Marines and Sailors throughout Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Belize with a focus on building and maintaining partnership capacity with each country through shared values, challenges, and responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Katelyn Hunter/Released)
Leaders

Commander, U.S. Marines Corps Forces, South
Brig. Gen. Kevin M. Iiams
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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 Thomas G. Eggerling
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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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