U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South

 

U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South

Miami, Florida
Naval ships from Brazil, Peru, Argentina and the United States conduct naval formations during a training exercise for UNITAS LX in Brazil Aug. 24, 2019. The exercise was done to test interoperability and communication between the partner nations. UNITAS is the world's longest-running, annual exercise and brings together multinational forces from 11 countries to include Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, Panama, Paraguay, Mexico, Great Britain and the United States. The exercise focuses in strengthening the 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 Sgt. Daniel Barriospirela)
Naval ships from Brazil, Peru, Argentina and the United States conduct naval formations during a training exercise for UNITAS LX in Brazil Aug. 24, 2019. The exercise was done to test interoperability and communication between the partner nations. UNITAS is the world's longest-running, annual exercise and brings together multinational forces from 11 countries to include Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, Panama, Paraguay, Mexico, Great Britain and the United States. The exercise focuses in strengthening the 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 Sgt. Daniel Barriospirela)
The BNS Atlântico (A 140) and USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) conduct naval formation during a training exercise for UNITAS LX in Brazil Aug. 24, 2019. The exercise was done to test interoperability and communication between the partner nations. UNITAS is the world's longest-running, annual exercise and brings together multinational forces from 11 countries to include Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, Panama, Paraguay, Mexico, Great Britain and the United States. The exercise focuses in strengthening the 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 Sgt. Daniel Barriospirela)
Sargento 3 Fuzilero Naval do Brasil (Brazilian Navy Sergeant 3) Diego Freitas Ceroulo, an amphibious assault vehicle crewman, gives a mission brief to Brazilian and Chilean Marines before joint amphibious landing exercises during UNITAS on the Brazilian Marine Corps Base of Ilha do Governador, Brazil, Aug. 20, 2019. AAVs can conduct ship to shore movements to aid in supporting humanitarian assistance and disaster relief situations. UNITAS is the world’s longest-running annual exercise and brings together multinational forces from 11 countries to include Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Chile Argentina, Ecuador, Panama, Paraguay, Mexico, Great Britain and the United States. The exercise focuses in strengthening the 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 Sgt. Booker T. Thomas III)
Sargento 3 Fuzilero Naval do Brasil (Brazilian Navy Sergeant 3) Diego Freitas Ceroulo, an amphibious assault vehicle crewman, gives a mission brief to Brazilian and Chilean Marines before joint amphibious landing exercises during UNITAS on the Brazilian Marine Corps Base of Ilha do Governador, Brazil, Aug. 20, 2019. AAVs can conduct ship to shore movements to aid in supporting humanitarian assistance and disaster relief situations. UNITAS is the world’s longest-running annual exercise and brings together multinational forces from 11 countries to include Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Chile Argentina, Ecuador, Panama, Paraguay, Mexico, Great Britain and the United States. The exercise focuses in strengthening the 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 Sgt. Booker T. Thomas III)
U.S. Marine Cpl. Daniel Lopez, a vehicle commander with 4th Assault Amphibian Battalion, a unit based out of Tampa Bay, Florida, performs hand signals to other amphibious assault vehicle commanders during a ship-to-shore exercise during UNITAS LX on the Brazilian Marine Corps Base of Ilha do Governador, Brazil, Aug. 20, 2019. UNITAS is the world’s longest-running, annual exercise and brings together multinational forces from 11 countries to include Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, Panama, Paraguay, Mexico, Great Britain and the United States. The exercise focuses in strengthening the existing regional partnerships and encourages establishing new relationships through the exchange of maritime mission-focused knowledge and expertise during multinational training operations. Lopez is a native of Cocoa, Florida. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Stanley Moy)
U.S. Marines with 4th Assault Amphibian Battalion, a unit based out of Tampa Bay, Florida, conduct vehicle recovery exercises with amphibious assault vehicles during UNITAS LX on the Brazilian Marine Corps Base of Ilha do Governador, Brazil, Aug. 19, 2019. UNITAS is the world's longest-running, annual exercise and brings together multinational forces from 11 countries to include Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, Panama, Paraguay, Mexico, Great Britain and the United States. The exercise focuses in strengthening the 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 Sgt. Booker T. Thomas III)
U.S. Marines with 4th Assault Amphibian Battalion, a unit based out of Tampa Bay, Florida, conduct vehicle recovery exercises with amphibious assault vehicles during UNITAS LX on the Brazilian Marine Corps Base of Ilha do Governador, Brazil, Aug. 19, 2019. UNITAS is the world's longest-running, annual exercise and brings together multinational forces from 11 countries to include Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, Panama, Paraguay, Mexico, Great Britain and the United States. The exercise focuses in strengthening the 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 Sgt. Booker T. Thomas III)
A Combined Civil Affairs Team comprised of navy and marine corps military members from Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay and the United States interact with role players acting as community leaders during a simulated disaster relief situation as a part of UNITAS LX at Ilha da Marambia, Brazil, Aug. 26, 2019. UNITAS is the world's longest-running, annual exercise and brings together multinational forces from 11 countries to include Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, Panama, Paraguay, Mexico, Great Britain and the United States. The exercise focuses in strengthening the 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 Cpl. Amy Phan)
The Brazilian and Argentinian marine corps and navy conduct a ship-to-shore movement during UNITAS LX at Ilha da Marambia, Brazil, Aug. 26, 2019. UNITAS is the world's longest-running, annual exercise and brings together multinational forces from 11 countries to include Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, Panama, Paraguay, Mexico, Great Britain and the United States. The exercise focuses in strengthening the 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 Cpl. Amy Phan)
U.S. Marines with 4th Assault Amphibian Battalion, a unit based out of Tampa Bay, Florida, participate in a ship-to-shore exercise during UNITAS LX on the Brazilian Marine Corps Base of Ilha do Governador, Brazil, Aug. 20, 2019. UNITAS is the world’s longest-running, annual exercise and brings together multinational forces from 11 countries to include Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, Panama, Paraguay, Mexico, Great Britain and the United States. The exercise focuses in strengthening the 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 Sgt. Stanley Moy)
The USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) participates in multinational maritime ship formations with vessels from Brazil, Argentina and Peru during UNITAS LX Aug. 23, 2019. These formations were conducted to improve interoperability between the U.S. and partner nations in the Latina American and Caribbean region. UNITAS is the world’s longest-running, annual exercise and brings together multinational forces from 11 countries to include Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Chile Argentina, Ecuador, Panama, Paraguay, Mexico, Great Britain and the United States. The exercise focuses in strengthening the 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 Sgt. Booker T. Thomas III)
U.S. sailors and partner nation service members observe a multinational group of ships conducting formation exercises during UNITAS aboard the USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) Aug. 23, 2019. The exercises, conducted to improve interoperability while underway with partner nations, involved ships from the United States, Brazil, Argentina, and Peru. UNITAS is the world’s longest-running, annual exercise and brings together multinational forces from 11 countries to include Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Chile Argentina, Ecuador, Panama, Paraguay, Mexico, Great Britain and the United States. The exercise focuses in strengthening the 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 Sgt. Booker T. Thomas III)
U.S. Navy Adm. Greg Faller, commander, U.S. Southern Command, walks with Brazilian Navy Adm. Leonardo Puntel, commander of the Brazilian Operational Navy, at the opening ceremony of UNITAS LX (60) in Rio de Janeiro, August 19, 2019. UNITAS, which means “unity” in Latin, is a demonstration of the U.S. commitment to the region and to the value of the strong relationships forged with our partners there. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Timothy M. Ahearn)
Maj Kirt Samson was awarded with the Meritorious Service Medal as his tour in Miami came to an end, July 3, 2019.
Sgt Drew Dyer was promoted to sergeant at the U.S. Embassy of Belize, July 1, 2019.
LtCol Alexander Lugo was promoted to lieutenant colonel at U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South, July 1, 2019.
The SPMAGTF-SC staff began renovating a school in Honduras named La Escuela de Vilma Yolanda Castillo, as a part of their mission to conduct engineering projects alongside partner nation militaries in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Sgt Michael Ortiz was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal as his tour at U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South came to an end, June 27, 2019.
Maj Justin Eastman was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal as his tour at U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South came to an end, June 27, 2019.
U.S. Marines, Sailors and partner nation military officers with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Southern Command, along with partner nation military members from Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize and the Dominican Republic, salute the United States and Honduran colors during the SPMAGTF-SC19 opening ceremony at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, June 21, 2019, during the opening ceremony. Partner nation military members from Brazil Colombia, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Belize and the Dominican Republic joined the SPMAGTF-SC for their deployment to Latin America and the Caribbean. The task force will conduct training and engineering projects hand-in-hand with partner nation military members in the region during their deployment that coincides with hurricane season. The task force is also on standby to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in the event of a natural disasters or other emergencies in the region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Stanley Moy)
MSgt Juan Morales was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal as his tour at U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South came to an end, June 27, 2019.
SSgt Abdiel Solisromero was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal as his tour at U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South came to an end, June 27, 2019.
LtCol Justin Hubert was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal as his tour at U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South came to an end, June 27, 2019.
Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez greets U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen Michael Fahey III, the commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South, before the opening ceremony of Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Southern Command’s deployment June 21, 2019, at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras. The ceremony marks the beginning of the SPMAGTF-SC deployment to Latin America and the Caribbean. The task force will conduct training and engineering projects hand-in-hand with partner nation military members in the region during their deployment that coincides with hurricane season. The task force is also on standby to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in the event of a natural disasters or other emergencies in the region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Stanley Moy)
SSgt Chad Williams was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal as his tour at U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South came to an end, June 27, 2019.
Robert Andrew was awarded the Navy-Civilian Meritorious Service Medal after spending his last two years at U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South as the political advisor, July 11, 2019.
A multinational color guard comprised of U.S. Marines with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Southern Command and a Honduran Army soldier present their national flags during the opening ceremony of the task force’s 2019 deployment June 21, 2019, at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras. The ceremony marks the beginning of the SPMAGTF-SC deployment to Latin America and the Caribbean. The task force will conduct training and engineering projects hand-in-hand with partner nation military members in the region during their deployment that coincides with hurricane season. The task force is also on standby to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in the event of a natural disasters or other emergencies in the region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Stanley Moy)
Sgt Austin Smith was promoted to sergeant at U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South, July 9, 2019.
Maj Andrew Budzien was promoted to major at U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South, July 8, 2019.
Maj Donald Galloway was awarded with the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, gold star in lieu of his third award as his tour in Miami came to an end, July 3, 2019.
SPMAGTF-SC Marines conducted Helicopter Support Training to maintain readiness and develop cohesion between the crew chiefs, pilots and the ground crew on July 1, 2019.
Marines at U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South stand at attention for a group photo, March 1, 2019.
Leaders

Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South
Maj. Gen. Michael F. Fahey III
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Chief of Staff, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South
Col. Thomas C. Euler
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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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Marine task force joins Colombia in humanitarian assistance training
Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Southern Command and the Infantería de Marina de Colombia will kick off a week of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief rehearsals and subject matter expert exchanges in Coveñas, Colombia, September 30. The rehearsals and exchanges are hosted by the Armada Nacional de Colombia and will conduct training rehearsals at Base de Entrenamiento de Infantería de Marina through October 5. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Sgt. Carlos Jimenez)
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