U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South

 

U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South

Miami, Florida
Unit Leaders
Commander, U.S. Marines Corps Forces, South

Brig. Gen. Kevin M. Iiams

Brigadier General Kevin Iiams assumed command of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South on 7 January 2016 where, as the Marine service component commander, he is responsible to the Commander U.S. Southern Command for all Marine activities across Central and South America and the Caribbean.  He was born in New Orleans, LA and graduated from the U.S Naval Academy in 1986.  He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps and upon completion of flight school was assigned to fly the FA-18 Hornet.

Brigadier General Iiams’ Command tours include Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242 “The Bats” from 2003 to 2005, where he deployed to Iraq for Operation IRAQI FREEDOM II. During this deployment the squadron produced a record setting 3800 combat sorties and 8300 combat hours in just 9 months while in support of the battle of Fallujah and other operations in Iraq.  Upon return from combat operations, his squadron was recognized by the MCAA as the Marine Fighter Attack Squadron of the year.  From 2009 to 2011 Brigadier General Iiams commanded Marine Aircraft Group 41 in Fort Worth, Texas and sustained multiple unit deployments in support of global commitments.  From 2014 to 2015 he was the Assistant Wing Commander, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing in Camp Pendleton, CA.

BGen Iiams’ other operational tours in the FA-18 include VMFA-451, “The Warlords” 1990-1992, VMFA-235 “The Death Angels” 1993-1996, and VMFA-232 “The Red Devils” 2000-2002; where he participated in combat during Operations DESERT SHIELD/ DESERT STORM and NOBLE EAGLE  and supported contingency operations during multiple WESTPAC deployments.

Brigadier General Iiams’ staff and joint assignments were as a Forward Air Controller (FAC) Instructor, FA-18 Tactics Instructor and Adversary Pilot at Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron-1 from 1996 to 1999 and Operations Officer for Marine Aircraft Group 11 supporting Operations SOUTHERN WATCH and IRAQI FREEDOM from 2002 to 2003.  From 2006 to 2009 he served at USCENTCOM as the Battlestaff Exercise Branch Chief, Chief of Operations for the Joint Operations Center, and Director J7 Training and Exercises.  From 2011 to 2012, he served as the 2d Marine Aircraft Wing Standards Officer, and deployed to Afghanistan as the Assistant Wing Commander for 2d MAW (FWD) HQ for Operation ENDURING FREEDOM 13. In June 2013 he was assigned as Deputy Director for Operations in the National Military Command Center, J3,  Joint Staff.

Brigadier General Iiams attended and graduated from Amphibious Warfare School in 1993; the Weapons and Tactics Instructor course in 1995; the Air Force Air Command and Staff College in 2000; the US Army War College in 2006; and the Armed Forces Staff College in 2009. He was designated a Joint Qualified Officer in 2009. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in General Engineering (Space Systems) and Master’s degrees in Military Arts and Science and Strategic Studies.

Brigadier General Iiams has over 3800 hours in tactical aircraft, and has flown over 500 combat hours on over 270 combat missions. His personal decorations include: The Defense Superior Service Medal with Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster; The Legion of Merit; The Bronze Star with Gold Star; The Meritorious Service Medal; The Air Medal with Gold Star, Combat “V”, and 18 Strike Flight Awards; The Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal with 2 Gold Stars and Combat “V”; and The Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal.