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The United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM, or informally: SOUTHCOM) is a Unified Combatant Command responsible for all United States military activities in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean basin (except Cuba and Puerto Rico, which are the responsibility of United States Northern Command). Its headquarters is in Miami, Florida, but it also has operations (US Army South) at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas, and Joint Task Force Bravo in Soto Cano, Honduras. In addition, it has Forward Operating Locations (FOLs) in Comalapa, El Salvador, Manta, Ecuador, and the islands of Aruba and CuraƧao (Netherlands Antilles). Although Cuba is in the area of responsibility for Northern Command, Southern Command operates Joint Task Force Guantanamo, located in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (726x900, 205 KB) United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) emblem Source: http://www. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (726x900, 205 KB) United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) emblem Source: http://www. ... A Unified Combatant Command is composed of forces from two or more services, has a broad and continuing mission, and is organized either on a geographical basis (known as Area Of Responsibility, AOR) or on a functional basis. ... Map of Central America Central America is the central geographic region of the Americas. ... South America South America is a continent crossed by the equator, with most of its area in the Southern Hemisphere. ... World map depicting Caribbean : West Indies redirects here. ... Emblem of the United States Northern Command. ... Nickname: The Magic City, Location in Miami-Dade County and the state of Florida. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Fort Sam Houston is a U.S. Army post in San Antonio, Texas. ... Nickname: Alamo City; River City Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: Counties Bexar County Mayor Phil Hardberger Area    - City 1067. ... Anthem: Himno di Kòrsou Capital Willemstad Area  - Total  - % water (Not ranked) 450 km² Negligible Population  - Total  - Density 173,400 (2006) 391/km² Curaçao (pronounced [kurasão]) is an island in the southern part of the Caribbean Sea off the coast of Venezuela. ... Joint Task Force Guantanamo (JTF-GTMO) is the US military unit based on the eastern tip of Cuba. ... ...

USSOUTHCOM is a joint command comprised of Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps components. The United States Army is the largest branch of the United States armed forces and has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ... USN redirects here. ... The U.S. Air Force redirects here, for the official song, see The U.S. Air Force (song) The United States Air Force (USAF) is the aerospace branch of the United States armed forces and one of the seven uniformed services. ... This article is becoming very long. ...

Admiral James G. Stavridis assumed command of USSOUTHCOM on 19 October, 2006. He is the first commander who is a Navy officer. Traditionally, a US Army general has commanded. Admiral is the rank, or part of the name of the ranks, of the highest naval officers. ... The Army is the branch of the United States armed forces which has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ...

For many years, USSOUTHCOM was located in Panama, at an Army installation located at the Pacific opening of the Panama Canal, which served as the base for the largest number of U.S. military and civilian personnel in Latin America. On 26 September 1997, it was moved to Miami. Of the five American regional unified commands, USSOUTHCOM is one of the two whose headquarters are not within its area of operations. (The other such regional unified command is United States Central Command, currently based in Tampa, Florida.) View of the Pacific Ocean from Oregon. ... The Panama Canal (Spanish: ) is a major ship canal that traverses the Isthmus of Panama in Central America, connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. ... Emblem of the United States Central Command. ... Nickname: Cigar City, The Big Guava, T-Town Location in Hillsborough County and the state of Florida. ...

In the war against drugs, USSOUTHCOM provides logistical support to other U.S. agencies, such as the Drug Enforcement Administration, Department of Justice, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, To interdict the flow of drugs from these areas, SOUTHCOM conducts surveillance of the air and maritime routes to the United States and other countries. For this reason, it receives approximately one percent of the total Federal counterdrug budget ($17.8 billion for FY2000). The prohibition of drugs through legislation or religious law is a common means of controlling the perceived negative consequences of recreational drug use at a society- or world-wide level. ... Since 1973, the DEA has enforced the drug laws in the United States. ... DOJ headquarters in Washington, D.C. Justice Department redirects here. ... Pilatus PC-12 aircraft of ICE Air and Marine Operations United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the largest investigative arm of the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is responsible for identifying and shutting down vulnerabilities in the nations border, economic, transportation and infrastructure security. ...

USSOUTHCOM forms part of the Unified Command System that was created in 1947. 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1947 calendar). ...


Fort Sam Houston is a U.S. Army post in San Antonio, Texas. ... Official language(s) See: Languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 268,581 sq mi (695,622 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ... The 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force (II MEF), one of three MEFs in the Marine Corps, is a combined arms force consisting of ground, air, and logistics forces possessing the capability of projecting offensive combat power ashore while sustaining itself in combat without external assistance for a period of 60... Air Forces Southern (Twelfth Air Force) Provisional (AFSOUTH) (previously Twelfth Air Force) is the Air Force component of United States Southern Command. ... Joint Task Force Bravo (JTF-B) is one of three Task Forces under US Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM). ... Joint Task Force Guantanamo (JTF-GTMO) is the US military unit based on the eastern tip of Cuba. ...

See also

Manta Air Base (also known as Eloy Alfaro Air Base) is an air base outside the city of Manta in the province of Manabí in western continental Ecuador. ... Operation Coronet Knighthawk is a U.S. anti-narcotic smuggling air patrol operation. ...

External links

  • United States Southern Command website
  • Southern Command (entry at globalsecurity.org)
Unified Combatant Commands of the United States armed forces
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Regional responsibilities
US Northern Command - US Central Command - US European Command - US Pacific Command - US Southern Command
Functional responsibilities
US Special Operations Command - US Joint Forces Command - US Strategic Command - US Transportation Command - US Unified Medical Command

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