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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)

Photo by SSgt. Earnest J. Barnes

Brig. Gen. Kevin M. Iiams assumes command of MARFORSOUTH

7 Jan 2016 | SSgt. Earnest J. Barnes Marine Corps Forces South

MIAMI— Brigadier General Kevin M. Iiams took command of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South during an Assumption of Command ceremony Jan. 7, 2016.

The Marines and sailors of MARFORSOUTH hosted the ceremony at the Conference Center of the Americas.  The ceremony was attended by the senior leadership of the U.S. Southern Command and several service members from SOUTHCOM.

General John F. Kelly, commander of the U.S. Southern Command, acted as the presiding official for the event.  Kelly recognized the accomplishments of the MARFORSOUTH Marines and sailors, keying in on the importance of what the component command contributes to the Department of Defense and SOUTHCOM’s missions.  He ended his comments with a warm welcome to Iiams and his wife.

Once welcomed, Iiams spoke to the Marines he recently assumed command and addressed the senior leadership of SOUTHCOM.  Iiams expressed his thanks for Kelly’s leadership and more than 40 years of active service in the U.S. armed forces.  Iiams also relayed his appreciation for the opportunity to serve in such a unique capacity as a component commander and that he looks forward to the years ahead with the command.