U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South

 

U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South

Miami, Florida
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JTF-Bravo: MARFORSOUTH Marines Conduct Water Survival Training Course
U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Joseph with Security Cooperation Training Team 18, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South, supervises a water survival training course at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras where participants worked towards earning their Water Survival— Advanced qualification on Dec. 21, 2017. The course consisted of five training days dedicated to strengthening swimmers’ skill sets and developing the ability to rescue victims in a full combat load, including kevlar and rifles. (U.S. Army photo by Maria Pinel)
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JTF-Bravo: MARFORSOUTH Marines Conduct Water Survival Training Course
U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Joseph Lazarus, left, and 1st Lt. Andrew Piland with Security Cooperation Training Team 18, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South, participate in a water survival training course at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras where participants worked towards earning their Water Survival— Advanced qualification on Dec. 21, 2017. The course consisted of five training days dedicated to strengthening swimmers’ skill sets and developing the ability to rescue victims in a full combat load, including kevlar and rifles. (U.S. Army photo by Maria Pinel)
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JTF-Bravo: MARFORSOUTH Marines Conduct Water Survival Training Course
U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Joseph Lazarus, left, and 1st Lt. Andrew Piland with with Security Cooperation Training Team 18, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South, participate in a water survival training course at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, Dec. 21, 2017. The Marines obtained their Water Survival— Advanced qualifications to develop their skills as rescue swimmers. (U.S. Army photo by Maria Pinel)
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JTF-Bravo: MARFORSOUTH Marines Conduct Water Survival Training Course
U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Andrew Piland, left, with Security Cooperation Training Team 18, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South, supervises a water survival training course at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras where participants earned their Water Survival— Advanced qualification on Dec. 21, 2017. The course lasted five days and trained Marines to be able to rescue fellow service members in a full combat load as well as refine their breast, crawl, back and side strokes. (U.S. Army photo by Maria Pinel)
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JTF-Bravo: MARFORSOUTH Marines Conduct Water Survival Training Course
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Mark Adams, left, and Gunnery Sgt. Isaac Calfee with Security Cooperation Training Team 18, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South, participate in a water survival training course at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras to earn their Water Survival— Advanced qualification on Dec. 21, 2017. The course consisted of five training days dedicated to strengthening swimmers’ skill sets and developing the ability to rescue victims in a full combat load including kevlar and rifles. (U.S. Army photo by Maria Pinel)
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JTF-Bravo: MARFORSOUTH Marines Conduct Water Survival Training Course
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Mark Adams, left, and Gunnery Sgt. Isaac Calfee with Security Cooperation Training Team 18, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South, simulate a rescue scenario during a water survival training course at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras to earn their Water Survival— Advanced qualification on Dec. 21, 2017. Swimmers who participated in the training strengthened their performance in four different strokes under Marine Corps regulation to be certified as rescue swimmers. Strokes included in the training were breast, crawl, side and elementary back stroke. (U.S. Army photo by Maria Pinel)
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JTF-Bravo: MARFORSOUTH Marines Conduct Water Survival Training Course
U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Joseph Lazarus with Security Cooperation Training Team 18, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South, participates in a water survival training course at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras where participants worked towards earning their Water Survival— Advanced qualification on Dec. 21, 2017. The five-day training strengthens swimmers’ performance in four different strokes under Marine Corps regulation to be qualified as rescue swimmers. Strokes included in the training were breast, crawl, side and elementary back stroke. (U.S. Army photo by Maria Pinel)
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JTF-Bravo: MARFORSOUTH Marines Conduct Water Survival Training Course
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Mark Adams with Security Cooperation Training Team 18, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South, simulates a rescue scenario during a water survival training course at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, Dec. 21, 2017. Adams is also a certified Red Cross lifeguard and trains his fellow Marines to strengthen their capabilities as rescue swimmers. Marines obtained their Water Survival— Advanced qualifications as part of the course. (U.S. Army photo by Maria Pinel)
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Turkey Bowl Champs
Marines of MARFORSOUTH competed in a flag football game known as the Turkey Bowl and defeated the Army.
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SPMAGTF-SC Marines with the GCE hold graduation in Trujillo
U.S. Marine Sgt. David G. Gaudette, the staff noncommissioned officer in charge of the Honduras Detachment, Ground Combat Element, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force - Southern Command, is presented an instructor’s pin by a Honduran marine with the Batallion de Infanteria de Marina at the graduation for the Advanced Infantry Course in Trujillo, Honduras, Nov. 10, 2017. The course was designed to further enhance the skills of Honduran marines who have mastered the basics of infantry operations. The Marines and sailors of SPMAGTF-SC are concluding their deployment to Central America, during which they conducted security cooperation training and engineering projects with their counterparts in several Central American and Caribbean nations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Melissa Martens)
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SPMAGTF-SC aviation Marines retrograde back to United States
U.S. Marine Cpl. Alexander T. Zink, a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter crew chief with the Aviation Combat Element, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force - Southern Command, signals that the aircraft is ready for departure from Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, Nov. 14, 2017. Over a span of two days, the task force's four helicopters departed Honduras and embarked on a two-day journey back to the United States. The Marines and sailors of SPMAGTF-SC are concluding their deployment to Central America, during which they conducted security cooperation training and engineering projects with their counterparts in several Central American and Caribbean nations. The unit also responded to hurricanes Irma and Maria as part of Joint Task Force - Leeward Islands. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Melissa Martens)
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U.S. Marines help build home in Honduras with Habitat for Humanity
U.S. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Joshua A. Espedal, the electronics maintenance chief with the Command Element, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force - Southern Command, pours gravel into the footer of a home during a community relations event in La Paz, Honduras, Oct. 25, 2017. Partnered with Habitat for Humanity, the Marines worked to build the foundation of a house for a local family. The Marines and sailors of SPMAGTF-SC are deployed to Central America to conduct security cooperation training and engineering projects with their counterparts in several Central American and Caribbean nations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Ian Leones)
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SPMAGTF-SC holds a colors, awards ceremony
U.S. Marines with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force - Southern Command march on the colors during a formation at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, Oct. 27, 2017. The formation was held to honor the unit’s colors, as well as to award individual Marines for their hard work during the unit’s deployment. The Marines and sailors of SPMAGTF-SC are deployed to Central America to conduct security cooperation training and engineering projects with their counterparts in several Central American and Caribbean nations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Melissa Martens)
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SPMAGTF-SC holds a colors, awards ceremony
U.S. Marines Col. Michael V. Samarov, left, commanding officer of Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force - Southern Command, and Sgt. Maj. Glenn D. Bragg, second from left, sergeant major of SPMAGTF-SC, un-case the colors during a formation at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, Oct. 27, 2017. The formation was held to honor the unit’s colors, as well as to award individual Marines for their hard work during the unit’s deployment. The Marines and sailors of SPMAGTF-SC are deployed to Central America to conduct security cooperation training and engineering projects with their counterparts in several Central American and Caribbean nations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Melissa Martens)
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SPMAGTF-SC holds a colors and awards ceremony
U.S. Marines with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force - Southern Command stand at attention after receiving awards during a formation at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, Oct. 27, 2017. The formation was held to honor the unit’s colors, as well as to award individual Marines for their hard work during the unit’s deployment. The Marines and sailors of SPMAGTF-SC are deployed to Central America to conduct security cooperation training and engineering projects with their counterparts in several Central American and Caribbean nations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Melissa Martens)
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SPMAGTF-SC holds a colors, awards ceremony
U.S. Marine Col. Michael V. Samarov, left, commanding officer of Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force - Southern Command, addresses the Marines and sailors of the task force after a formation held at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, Oct. 27, 2017. The formation was held to honor the unit’s colors, as well as to award individual Marines for their hard work during the unit’s deployment. The Marines and sailors of SPMAGTF-SC are deployed to Central America to conduct security cooperation training and engineering projects with their counterparts in several Central American and Caribbean nations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Melissa Martens)
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JTF - Leeward Islands delivers more aid to Dominica
A U.S. Marine CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter with Joint Task Force - Leeward Islands carrying supplies and a Bahamian diplomatic delegation arrives at the Windsor Park Stadium in Roseau, Dominica, Oct. 2, 2017. At the request of the U.S. Agency for International Development, JTF-LI has deployed aircraft and service members to assist in delivering relief supplies to Dominica in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. The task force is a U.S. military unit composed of Marines, Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen, and represents U.S. Southern Command’s primary response to the hurricanes that have affected the eastern Caribbean. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Melissa Martens)
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SPMAGTF-SC Marines and sailors make an impact in Central America
U.S. Marine Sgt. Colin K. Roozbehi, the supply distribution noncommissioned officer in charge with the Command Element, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force - Southern Command, plays with a child during a visit to Casa Misericordia orphanage for girls with disabilities in Comayagua, Honduras, Oct. 28, 2017. Service members with SPMAGTF-SC volunteered their time playing with the children, handing out toys and school supplies, and painting the orphanage. The Marines and sailors of SPMAGTF-SC have donated over 7,000 hours of community service to local communities throughout Central America during their six-month deployment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Ian Leones)
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SPMAGTF-SC Marines and sailors make an impact in Central America
U.S. Marine Sgt. Antoine D. Coleman, the armory chief with the Command Element, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force - Southern Command, draws with a child during a visit to Casa Misericordia orphanage for girls with disabilities in Comayagua, Honduras, Oct. 28, 2017. Service members with SPMAGTF-SC volunteered their time playing with the children, handing out toys and school supplies, and painting the orphanage. The Marines and sailors of SPMAGTF-SC have donated over 7,000 hours of community service to local communities throughout Central America during their six-month deployment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Ian Leones)
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SPMAGTF-SC Marines and sailors make an impact in Central America
U.S. Marine Cpl Vincent A. Smyth, a Marine Air-Ground Task Force planner with the Command Element, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force - Southern Command, serves food to children during a visit to Casa Misericordia orphanage for girls with disabilities in Comayagua, Honduras, Oct. 28, 2017. Service members with SPMAGTF-SC volunteered their time playing with the children, handing out toys and school supplies, and painting the orphanage. The Marines and sailors of SPMAGTF-SC have donated over 7,000 hours of community service to local communities throughout Central America during their six-month deployment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Ian Leones)
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SPMAGTF-SC Marines and sailors make an impact in Central America
U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Kaitlyn M. Erkson, an intelligence analyst with the Aviation Combat Element, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force - Southern Command, hands out toys to a child during a visit to Casa Misericordia orphanage for girls with disabilities in Comayagua, Honduras, Oct. 28, 2017. Service members with SPMAGTF-SC volunteered their time playing with the children, handing out toys and school supplies, and painting the orphanage. The Marines and sailors of SPMAGTF-SC have donated over 7,000 hours of community service to local communities throughout Central America during their six-month deployment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Ian Leones)
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SPMAGTF-SC Marines and sailors make an impact in Central America
U.S. Marine Sgt. Antoine D. Coleman, the armory chief with the Command Element, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force - Southern Command, participates in a water fight with children during a visit to Casa Misericordia orphanage for girls with disabilities in Comayagua, Honduras, Oct. 28, 2017. Service members with SPMAGTF-SC volunteered their time playing with the children, handing out toys and school supplies, and painting the orphanage. The Marines and sailors of SPMAGTF-SC have donated over 7,000 hours of community service to local communities throughout Central America during their six-month deployment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Ian Leones)
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SPMAGTF-SC Marines and sailors make an impact in Central America
U.S. Marines Lance Cpl. Kaitlyn M. Erkson, an intelligence analyst with the Aviation Combat Element, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force - Southern Command, and Sgt. Sean S. Saball, a data noncommissioned officer with the Command Element, SPMAGTF-SC, mix paint during a visit to Casa Misericordia orphanage for girls with disabilities in Comayagua, Honduras, Oct. 28, 2017. Service members with SPMAGTF-SC volunteered their time playing with the children, handing out toys and school supplies, and painting the orphanage. The Marines and sailors of SPMAGTF-SC have donated over 7,000 hours of community service to local communities throughout Central America during their six-month deployment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Ian Leones)
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SPMAGTF-SC Marines and sailors make an impact in Central America
U.S. Marines with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force - Southern Command paint a wall during a visit to Casa Misericordia orphanage for girls with disabilities in Comayagua, Honduras, Oct. 28, 2017. Service members with SPMAGTF-SC volunteered their time playing with the children, handing out toys and school supplies, and painting the orphanage. The Marines and sailors of SPMAGTF-SC have donated over 7,000 hours of community service to local communities throughout Central America during their six-month deployment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Ian Leones)
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Joint Task Force - Leeward Islands begins evacuation of U.S. citizens in Dominica
U.S. Marine Sgt. Austin Cody, center, the evacuation control center noncomissioned officer in charge with Joint Task Force - Leeward Islands, explains the logbook procedures for the control center at the Douglas-Charles Airport in Dominica, Sept. 24, 2017. The evacuation control center was set up to assist in the voluntary evacuation of U.S. citizens stranded on Dominica after Hurricane Maria. At the request of partner nations and both the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development, JTF-LI has deployed aircraft and service members to areas in the eastern Caribbean Sea affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria. The task force is a U.S. military unit composed of Marines, Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen, and represents U.S. Southern Command’s primary response to both disasters. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Ian Leones)
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Joint Task Force - Leeward Islands begins evacuation of U.S. citizens in Dominica
U.S. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Philip C. Sackett, with Joint Task Force - Leeward Islands, escorts a U.S. citizen to the evacuation control center at Douglas-Charles Airport in Dominica, Sept. 24, 2017. The control center was set up to assist in the voluntary evacuation of U.S. citizens stranded on Dominica after Hurricane Maria. At the request of partner nations and both the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development, JTF-LI has deployed aircraft and service members to areas in the eastern Caribbean Sea affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria. The task force is a U.S. military unit composed of Marines, Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen, and represents U.S. Southern Command’s primary response to both disasters. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Ian Leones)
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Joint Task Force - Leeward Islands begins evacuation of U.S. citizens in Dominica
U.S. Marines with Joint Task Force - Leeward Islands prepare to depart Douglas-Charles Airport in Dominica with U.S citizens evacuating the island, Sept. 24, 2017. U.S. service members with JTF-LI setup an evacuation control center at the airport to evacuate U.S. citizens stranded on Dominica after Hurricane Maria. At the request of partner nations and both the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development, JTF-LI has deployed aircraft and service members to areas in the eastern Caribbean Sea affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria. The task force is a U.S. military unit composed of Marines, Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen, and represents U.S. Southern Command’s primary response to both disasters. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Ian Leones)
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U.S. Marines help young evacuee on Dominica
U.S. Marine Sgt. Austin Cody, with Joint Task Force - Leeward Islands, lets Raeshawn Noel take his photo at Douglas-Charles Airport in Dominica, Sept. 26, 2017. Noel, 3, is one of the U.S. citizens evacuated by the task force and the Department of State in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. U.S. service members with Joint Task Force - Leeward Islands have set up an evacuation control center at Douglas-Charles Airport to assist in the voluntary evacuation of U.S. citizens stranded on Dominica after Hurricane Maria. At the request of partner nations and both the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development, JTF-LI has deployed aircraft and service members to areas in the eastern Caribbean Sea affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria. The task force is a U.S. military unit composed of Marines, Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen, and represents U.S. Southern Command’s primary response to both disasters. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Ian Leones)
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JTF - Leeward Islands works with USAID during Dominica disaster relief mission
U.S. Marines with Joint Task Force - Leeward Islands unroll a U.S. Agency for International Development tarp as they prepare supplies for distribution at the Douglas-Charles Airport in Melville Hall, Dominica, Sept 29, 2017. At the request of USAID, JTF-LI has deployed aircraft and service members to assist in delivering relief supplies to Dominica in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. The task force is a U.S. military unit composed of Marines, Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen, and represents U.S. Southern Command’s primary response to the hurricanes that have affected the eastern Caribbean. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Melissa Martens)
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JTF - Leeward Islands works with USAID during Dominica disaster relief mission
U.S. service members with Joint Task Force - Leeward Islands work with members of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Disaster Assistance Response Team to unload water from a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter in Roseau, Dominica, Sept. 30, 2017. At the request of USAID, JTF-LI has deployed aircraft and service members to assist in delivering relief supplies to Dominica in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. The task force is a U.S. military unit composed of Marines, Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen, and represents U.S. Southern Command’s primary response to the hurricanes that have affected the eastern Caribbean. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Melissa Martens)
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Marines with JTF - Leeward Islands provide security for State Department mission on Dominica
U.S. Marines with Joint Task Force - Leeward Islands conduct a roving patrol at Ross University School of Medicine in Portsmouth, Dominica, Sept. 27, 2017. The Marines were tasked with providing security while the U.S. State Department used the campus as a staging area to locate U.S. citizens stranded on the island in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. At the request of partner nations and both the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development, JTF-LI has deployed aircraft and service members to areas in the eastern Caribbean Sea affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria. The task force is a U.S. military unit composed of Marines, Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen, and represents U.S. Southern Command’s primary response to both disasters. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Ian Leones)
U.S. Marine Col. Paul Konopka holds on to the Peruvian national flag during a symbolic march around the city square in Huarmey, Peru, during a community relations event as part of UNITAS 2017, July 24, 2017. Much of Huarmey had been damaged by recent flooding, and Marines delivered more than 100 pallets of donated items from Project Handclasp for the city's hospital and schools. Project Handclasp is a U.S. Navy program that delivers humanitarian and educational materials donated by U.S. citizens. UNITAS is an annual, multi-national exercise that focuses on strengthening existing regional partnerships and encourages establishing new relationships through the exchange of maritime mission-focused knowledge and expertise during multinational training operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by 1st Lt. Marco Valenzuela)
UNITAS 2017: Marines deliver aid to Huarmey
U.S. Marine Col. Paul Konopka holds on to the Peruvian national flag during a symbolic march around the city square in Huarmey, Peru, during a community relations event as part of UNITAS 2017, July 24, 2017. Much of Huarmey had been damaged by recent flooding, and Marines delivered more than 100 pallets of donated items from Project Handclasp for the city's hospital and schools. Project Handclasp is a U.S. Navy program that delivers humanitarian and educational materials donated by U.S. citizens. UNITAS is an annual, multi-national exercise that focuses on strengthening existing regional partnerships and encourages establishing new relationships through the exchange of maritime mission-focused knowledge and expertise during multinational training operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by 1st Lt. Marco Valenzuela)
U.S. and Peruvian military leaders listen to Dr. Cesar Saavedra, the director of Hospital Apoyo Huarmey, during a community relations event in Huarmey, Peru as part of UNITAS 2017, July 24, 2017. Much of Huarmey had been damaged by recent flooding, and Marines delivered more than 100 pallets of donated items from Project Handclasp for the city's hospital and schools. Project Handclasp is a U.S. Navy program that delivers humanitarian and educational materials donated by U.S. citizens. UNITAS is an annual, multi-national exercise that focuses on strengthening existing regional partnerships and encourages establishing new relationships through the exchange of maritime mission-focused knowledge and expertise during multinational training operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by 1st Lt. Marco Valenzuela)
UNITAS 2017: Marines deliver aid to Huarmey
U.S. and Peruvian military leaders listen to Dr. Cesar Saavedra, the director of Hospital Apoyo Huarmey, during a community relations event in Huarmey, Peru as part of UNITAS 2017, July 24, 2017. Much of Huarmey had been damaged by recent flooding, and Marines delivered more than 100 pallets of donated items from Project Handclasp for the city's hospital and schools. Project Handclasp is a U.S. Navy program that delivers humanitarian and educational materials donated by U.S. citizens. UNITAS is an annual, multi-national exercise that focuses on strengthening existing regional partnerships and encourages establishing new relationships through the exchange of maritime mission-focused knowledge and expertise during multinational training operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by 1st Lt. Marco Valenzuela)
Miguel Sotelo, the mayor of Huarmey, Peru, and a city official shake hands after touring a school that received donations during a community relations event in Huarmey as part of UNITAS 2017, July 24, 2017. Much of Huarmey had been damaged by recent flooding, and Marines delivered more than 100 pallets of donated items from Project Handclasp for the city's hospital and schools. Project Handclasp is a U.S. Navy program that delivers humanitarian and educational materials donated by U.S. citizens. UNITAS is an annual, multinational exercise that focuses on strengthening existing regional partnerships and encourages establishing new relationships through the exchange of maritime mission-focused knowledge and expertise during multinational training operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by 1st Lt. Marco Valenzuela)
UNITAS 2017: Marines deliver aid to Huarmey
Miguel Sotelo, the mayor of Huarmey, Peru, and a city official shake hands after touring a school that received donations during a community relations event in Huarmey as part of UNITAS 2017, July 24, 2017. Much of Huarmey had been damaged by recent flooding, and Marines delivered more than 100 pallets of donated items from Project Handclasp for the city's hospital and schools. Project Handclasp is a U.S. Navy program that delivers humanitarian and educational materials donated by U.S. citizens. UNITAS is an annual, multinational exercise that focuses on strengthening existing regional partnerships and encourages establishing new relationships through the exchange of maritime mission-focused knowledge and expertise during multinational training operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by 1st Lt. Marco Valenzuela)
U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Emanuel Chico, a platoon commander with Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, hands donated toys to a young Peruvian student during a community relations event in Huarmey, Peru, as part of UNITAS 2017, July 24, 2017. Much of Huarmey had been damaged by recent flooding, and Marines delivered more than 100 pallets of donated items from Project Handclasp for the city's hospital and schools. Project Handclasp is a U.S. Navy program that delivers humanitarian and educational materials donated by U.S. citizens. UNITAS is an annual, multinational exercise that focuses on strengthening existing regional partnerships and encourages establishing new relationships through the exchange of maritime mission-focused knowledge and expertise during multinational training operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by 1st Lt. Marco Valenzuela)
UNITAS 2017: Marines deliver aid to Huarmey
U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Emanuel Chico, a platoon commander with Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, hands donated toys to a young Peruvian student during a community relations event in Huarmey, Peru, as part of UNITAS 2017, July 24, 2017. Much of Huarmey had been damaged by recent flooding, and Marines delivered more than 100 pallets of donated items from Project Handclasp for the city's hospital and schools. Project Handclasp is a U.S. Navy program that delivers humanitarian and educational materials donated by U.S. citizens. UNITAS is an annual, multinational exercise that focuses on strengthening existing regional partnerships and encourages establishing new relationships through the exchange of maritime mission-focused knowledge and expertise during multinational training operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by 1st Lt. Marco Valenzuela)
U.S. Marine Sraff Sgt. Emanuel Chico, a platoon commander with Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, poses with a Peruvian marine and a school faculty member during a community relations event in Huarmey, Peru, as part of UNITAS 2017, July 24, 2017. Much of Huarmey had been damaged by recent flooding, and Marines delivered more than 100 pallets of donated items from Project Handclasp for the city's hospital and schools. Project Handclasp is a U.S. Navy program that delivers humanitarian and educational materials donated by U.S. citizens. UNITAS is an annual, multinational exercise that focuses on strengthening existing regional partnerships and encourages establishing new relationships through the exchange of maritime mission-focused knowledge and expertise during multinational training operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by 1st Lt. Marco Valenzuela)
UNITAS 2017: Marines deliver aid to Huarmey
U.S. Marine Sraff Sgt. Emanuel Chico, a platoon commander with Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, poses with a Peruvian marine and a school faculty member during a community relations event in Huarmey, Peru, as part of UNITAS 2017, July 24, 2017. Much of Huarmey had been damaged by recent flooding, and Marines delivered more than 100 pallets of donated items from Project Handclasp for the city's hospital and schools. Project Handclasp is a U.S. Navy program that delivers humanitarian and educational materials donated by U.S. citizens. UNITAS is an annual, multinational exercise that focuses on strengthening existing regional partnerships and encourages establishing new relationships through the exchange of maritime mission-focused knowledge and expertise during multinational training operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by 1st Lt. Marco Valenzuela)
A young Peruvian student receives a command coin from U.S. Marine Col. Paul Konopke, the commanding officer of 23rd Marine Regiment, during a community relations event in Huarmey, Peru, as part of UNITAS 2017, July 24, 2017. Much of Huarmey had been damaged by recent flooding, and Marines delivered more than 100 pallets of donated items from Project Handclasp for the city's hospital and schools. Project Handclasp is a U.S. Navy program that delivers humanitarian and educational materials donated by U.S. citizens. UNITAS is an annual, multinational exercise that focuses on strengthening existing regional partnerships and encourages establishing new relationships through the exchange of maritime mission-focused knowledge and expertise during multinational training operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by 1st Lt. Marco Valenzuela)
UNITAS 2017: Marines deliver aid to Huarmey
A young Peruvian student receives a command coin from U.S. Marine Col. Paul Konopke, the commanding officer of 23rd Marine Regiment, during a community relations event in Huarmey, Peru, as part of UNITAS 2017, July 24, 2017. Much of Huarmey had been damaged by recent flooding, and Marines delivered more than 100 pallets of donated items from Project Handclasp for the city's hospital and schools. Project Handclasp is a U.S. Navy program that delivers humanitarian and educational materials donated by U.S. citizens. UNITAS is an annual, multinational exercise that focuses on strengthening existing regional partnerships and encourages establishing new relationships through the exchange of maritime mission-focused knowledge and expertise during multinational training operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by 1st Lt. Marco Valenzuela)
Senior leaders of the Peruvian Naval Infantry, officials of the town of Huarmey, and U.S. Marine Col. Paul Konopke, the commanding officer of 23rd Marine Regiment, stand behind donated items during a community relations event in Huarmey, Peru, as part of UNITAS 2017, July 24, 2017. Much of Huarmey had been damaged by recent flooding, and Marines delivered more than 100 pallets of donated items from Project Handclasp for the city's hospital and schools. Project Handclasp is a U.S. Navy program that delivers humanitarian and educational materials donated by U.S. citizens. UNITAS is an annual, multinational exercise that focuses on strengthening existing regional partnerships and encourages establishing new relationships through the exchange of maritime mission-focused knowledge and expertise during multinational training operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by 1st Lt. Marco Valenzuela)
UNITAS 2017: Marines deliver aid to Huarmey
Senior leaders of the Peruvian Naval Infantry, officials of the town of Huarmey, and U.S. Marine Col. Paul Konopke, the commanding officer of 23rd Marine Regiment, stand behind donated items during a community relations event in Huarmey, Peru, as part of UNITAS 2017, July 24, 2017. Much of Huarmey had been damaged by recent flooding, and Marines delivered more than 100 pallets of donated items from Project Handclasp for the city's hospital and schools. Project Handclasp is a U.S. Navy program that delivers humanitarian and educational materials donated by U.S. citizens. UNITAS is an annual, multinational exercise that focuses on strengthening existing regional partnerships and encourages establishing new relationships through the exchange of maritime mission-focused knowledge and expertise during multinational training operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by 1st Lt. Marco Valenzuela)
A Peruvian child claps while watching a parade during a welcoming ceremony for U.S. and Peruvian Marines during a community relations event in Huarmey, Peru during UNITAS 2017, July 24, 2017. Much of Huarmey had been damaged by recent flooding, and Marines delivered more than 100 pallets of donated items from Project Handclasp for the city's hospital and schools. Project Handclasp is a U.S. Navy program that delivers humanitarian and educational materials donated by U.S. citizens. UNITAS is an annual, multinational exercise that focuses on strengthening existing regional partnerships and encourages establishing new relationships through the exchange of maritime mission-focused knowledge and expertise during multinational training operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by 1st Lt. Marco Valenzuela)
UNITAS 2017: Marines deliver aid to Huarmey
A Peruvian child claps while watching a parade during a welcoming ceremony for U.S. and Peruvian Marines during a community relations event in Huarmey, Peru during UNITAS 2017, July 24, 2017. Much of Huarmey had been damaged by recent flooding, and Marines delivered more than 100 pallets of donated items from Project Handclasp for the city's hospital and schools. Project Handclasp is a U.S. Navy program that delivers humanitarian and educational materials donated by U.S. citizens. UNITAS is an annual, multinational exercise that focuses on strengthening existing regional partnerships and encourages establishing new relationships through the exchange of maritime mission-focused knowledge and expertise during multinational training operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by 1st Lt. Marco Valenzuela)
Miguel Sotelo, the mayor of Huarmey, Peru, delivers a speech during a welcoming ceremony for U.S. and Peruvian service members during a community relations event in Huarmey as part of UNITAS 2017, July 24, 2017. Much of Huarmey had been damaged by recent flooding, and Marines delivered more than 100 pallets of donated items from Project Handclasp for the city's hospital and schools. Project Handclasp is a U.S. Navy program that delivers humanitarian and educational materials donated by U.S. citizens. UNITAS is an annual, multinational exercise that focuses on strengthening existing regional partnerships and encourages establishing new relationships through the exchange of maritime mission-focused knowledge and expertise during multinational training operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by 1st Lt. Marco Valenzuela)
UNITAS 2017: Marines deliver aid to Huarmey
Miguel Sotelo, the mayor of Huarmey, Peru, delivers a speech during a welcoming ceremony for U.S. and Peruvian service members during a community relations event in Huarmey as part of UNITAS 2017, July 24, 2017. Much of Huarmey had been damaged by recent flooding, and Marines delivered more than 100 pallets of donated items from Project Handclasp for the city's hospital and schools. Project Handclasp is a U.S. Navy program that delivers humanitarian and educational materials donated by U.S. citizens. UNITAS is an annual, multinational exercise that focuses on strengthening existing regional partnerships and encourages establishing new relationships through the exchange of maritime mission-focused knowledge and expertise during multinational training operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by 1st Lt. Marco Valenzuela)
A Peruvian man takes a photo of U.S. Marines and Peruvian children after a welcoming ceremony during a community relations event in Huarmey, Peru, as part of UNITAS XVII, July 24, 2017. Much of Huarmey had been damaged by recent flooding, and Marines delivered more than 100 pallets of donated items from Project Handclasp for the city's hospital and schools. Project Handclasp is a U.S. Navy program that delivers humanitarian and educational materials donated by U.S. citizens. UNITAS is an annual, multinational exercise that focuses on strengthening existing regional partnerships and encourages establishing new relationships through the exchange of maritime mission-focused knowledge and expertise during multinational training operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by 1st Lt. Marco Valenzuela)
UNITAS 2017: Marines deliver aid to Huarmey
A Peruvian man takes a photo of U.S. Marines and Peruvian children after a welcoming ceremony during a community relations event in Huarmey, Peru, as part of UNITAS XVII, July 24, 2017. Much of Huarmey had been damaged by recent flooding, and Marines delivered more than 100 pallets of donated items from Project Handclasp for the city's hospital and schools. Project Handclasp is a U.S. Navy program that delivers humanitarian and educational materials donated by U.S. citizens. UNITAS is an annual, multinational exercise that focuses on strengthening existing regional partnerships and encourages establishing new relationships through the exchange of maritime mission-focused knowledge and expertise during multinational training operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by 1st Lt. Marco Valenzuela)
U.S. Marines and sailors with the Logistics Combat Element, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force - Southern Command, are honored and thanked for their hard work at the Official School for Rural Community Housing in Guazacapán, Guatemala, July 7, 2017. The service members volunteered to paint the school and were invited to an opening ceremony to celebrate the renovations with students and their families. The Marines and Sailors of SPMAGTF-SC are deployed to Central America to conduct security cooperation training and engineering projects with their counterparts in Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Melissa Martens)
SPMAGTF Marines and sailors attend opening ceremony for volunteer project
U.S. Marines and sailors with the Logistics Combat Element, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force - Southern Command, are honored and thanked for their hard work at the Official School for Rural Community Housing in Guazacapán, Guatemala, July 7, 2017. The service members volunteered to paint the school and were invited to an opening ceremony to celebrate the renovations with students and their families. The Marines and Sailors of SPMAGTF-SC are deployed to Central America to conduct security cooperation training and engineering projects with their counterparts in Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Melissa Martens)
U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Daniel M. Howard, center, basic electrician with the Logistics Combat Element, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force - Southern Command, plays soccer with children at the Official School for Rural Community Housing in Guazacapán, Guatemala, July 7, 2017. The service members volunteered to paint the school and were invited to an opening ceremony to celebrate the renovations with students and their families. The Marines and sailors of SPMAGTF-SC are deployed to Central America to conduct security cooperation training and engineering projects with their counterparts in Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Melissa Martens)
SPMAGTF Marines and sailors attend opening ceremony for volunteer project
U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Daniel M. Howard, center, basic electrician with the Logistics Combat Element, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force - Southern Command, plays soccer with children at the Official School for Rural Community Housing in Guazacapán, Guatemala, July 7, 2017. The service members volunteered to paint the school and were invited to an opening ceremony to celebrate the renovations with students and their families. The Marines and sailors of SPMAGTF-SC are deployed to Central America to conduct security cooperation training and engineering projects with their counterparts in Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Melissa Martens)
U.S. Marine Maj. Gen. David G. Bellon, the commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South, recognizes U.S. Marine Sgt. Jordan D. Finch, the flight line staff noncommissioned officer in charge with the Air Combat Element, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force - Southern Command, for his outstanding work ethic at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, June 29, 2017. The Marines and sailors of SPMAGTF-SC are deployed to Central America from June to November 2017 to conduct security cooperation training and engineering projects with their counterparts in Honduras, Guatemala, Belize and El Salvador.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Melanie Kilcline)
Maj. Gen. Bellon visits SPMAGTF-SC Marines, sailors
U.S. Marine Maj. Gen. David G. Bellon, the commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South, recognizes U.S. Marine Sgt. Jordan D. Finch, the flight line staff noncommissioned officer in charge with the Air Combat Element, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force - Southern Command, for his outstanding work ethic at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, June 29, 2017. The Marines and sailors of SPMAGTF-SC are deployed to Central America from June to November 2017 to conduct security cooperation training and engineering projects with their counterparts in Honduras, Guatemala, Belize and El Salvador. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Melanie Kilcline)
U.S. Marines with the Belize Detachment, Security Cooperation Training Team, SPMAGTF-SC, participate in physical training at Price Barracks in Ladyville, Belize, June 22, 2017. The Marines and sailors of SPMAGTF-SC are deployed to Central America for the next six months to conduct security cooperation training and engineering projects with their counterparts in Honduras, Guatemala, Belize and El Salvador.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Melanie Kilcline)
SPMAGTF-SC commander visits Marines throughout Central America
U.S. Marines with the Belize Detachment, Security Cooperation Training Team, SPMAGTF-SC, participate in physical training at Price Barracks in Ladyville, Belize, June 22, 2017. The Marines and sailors of SPMAGTF-SC are deployed to Central America for the next six months to conduct security cooperation training and engineering projects with their counterparts in Honduras, Guatemala, Belize and El Salvador. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Melanie Kilcline)
U.S. Marines and sailors with the Logistics Combat Element, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force - Southern Command, pose for a photo with individuals from the Official School for Rural Community Housing in Guazacapán, Guatemala, July 2, 2017. The Marines and sailors volunteered at the school to make a positive impact in the communities where they work and develop new relationships with the local population. The Marines and sailors of SPMAGTF-SC are deployed to Central America to conduct security cooperation training and engineering projects with their counterparts in Honduras, Guatemala, Belize and El Salvador. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Melissa Martens)
SPMAGTF-SC Marines and sailors volunteer in local community
U.S. Marines and sailors with the Logistics Combat Element, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force - Southern Command, pose for a photo with individuals from the Official School for Rural Community Housing in Guazacapán, Guatemala, July 2, 2017. The Marines and sailors volunteered at the school to make a positive impact in the communities where they work and develop new relationships with the local population. The Marines and sailors of SPMAGTF-SC are deployed to Central America to conduct security cooperation training and engineering projects with their counterparts in Honduras, Guatemala, Belize and El Salvador. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Melissa Martens)
U.S. Marines and sailors with the Logistics Combat Element, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force - Southern Command, stand to honor the flag of Guatemala during an opening ceremony for the Official School for Rural Community Housing in Guazacapán, Guatemala, July 7, 2017. The service members volunteered to paint the school and were invited to an opening ceremony to celebrate the renovations with students and their families. The Marines and sailors of SPMAGTF-SC are deployed to Central America to conduct security cooperation training and engineering projects with their counterparts in Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Melissa Martens)
SPMAGTF Marines and sailors attend opening ceremony for volunteer project
U.S. Marines and sailors with the Logistics Combat Element, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force - Southern Command, stand to honor the flag of Guatemala during an opening ceremony for the Official School for Rural Community Housing in Guazacapán, Guatemala, July 7, 2017. The service members volunteered to paint the school and were invited to an opening ceremony to celebrate the renovations with students and their families. The Marines and sailors of SPMAGTF-SC are deployed to Central America to conduct security cooperation training and engineering projects with their counterparts in Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Melissa Martens)
U.S. Marine Cpl. Luis D. Severino, an administrative specialist with the Command Element, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force - Southern Command, drags U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Christopher K. Bamfo, Mobile Training Team leader, SPMAGTF-SC, while participating in a physical training session for the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, June 26, 2017. The purpose of MCMAP is to improve physical fitness and aid in the personal development of each Marine in a team setting. The Marines and sailors of SPMAGTF-SC are deployed to Central America for the next six months to conduct security cooperation training and engineering projects with their counterparts in Honduras, Guatemala, Belize and El Salvador. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Melissa Martens)
SPMAGTF-SC Marines conduct MCMAP at Soto Cano Air Base
U.S. Marine Cpl. Luis D. Severino, an administrative specialist with the Command Element, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force - Southern Command, drags U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Christopher K. Bamfo, Mobile Training Team leader, SPMAGTF-SC, while participating in a physical training session for the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, June 26, 2017. The purpose of MCMAP is to improve physical fitness and aid in the personal development of each Marine in a team setting. The Marines and sailors of SPMAGTF-SC are deployed to Central America for the next six months to conduct security cooperation training and engineering projects with their counterparts in Honduras, Guatemala, Belize and El Salvador. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Melissa Martens)
Leaders

Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South
Maj. Gen. David G. Bellon
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Chief of Staff, U. S. Marine Corps Forces, South
Col. Michael Farrell
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Sergeant Major, U. S. Marine Corps Forces, South
Sgt. Maj. Eric D. Cook
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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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Motivation: SPMAGTF-SC Marines, sailors wrap up 2017 deployment
U.S. Marines and sailors with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force - Southern Command are wrapping up their deployment to Central America, during which they conducted security cooperation training, engineering projects, and humanitarian assistance with their counterparts in several Central American and Caribbean nations. The Marines are preparing to redeploy to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, after successfully completing seven engineering projects across three countries and conducting humanitarian aid and disaster relief operations in Caribbean countries impacted by hurricanes Irma and Maria. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Cpl. Serine Farahi)
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