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The mission of the Commander, Marine Forces Southern Command (MARFOR SOUTHCOM) is to plan, coordinate, and, when directed, conduct exercises and other theater engagements involving Marine forces attached to Headquarters, United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM). The Commander, MARFOR SOUTHCOM, as the Marine Corps Service component commander for USSOUTHCOM, has the following responsibilities:

• Commands all Marine Corps forces assigned to USSOUTHCOM or attached to MARFOR SOUTHCOM.
• Advises the Commander, USSOUTHCOM on the proper employment and support of Marine forces.
• Conducts deployment, employment, and redeployment planning.
• Facilitates execution by assigned/attached forces.
• Accomplishes assigned operational missions.

Headquarters, MARFOR SOUTHCOM consists of a staff with various divisions necessary to function as the Marine component headquarters for USSOUTHCOM. While functionally organized as a general staff, it is manned with only planning and liaison personnel. This compact staff assists USSOUTHCOM in the following:

• Planning, employment, and redeployment of all Marine supported security cooperation engagements.
• Acting as executive agent for the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS)-mandated USSOUTHCOM exercise Tradewinds.
• Serving as the administrative headquarters for Marines assigned to the USSOUTHCOM staff, Joint Interagency Task Force South, and USSOUTHCOM joint duty and personnel exchange program billets outside the continental United States (OCONUS) in the USSOUTHCOM AOR.

Headquarters, MARFOR SOUTHCOM affects the staff actions required to accomplish their missions and tasks. When directed, Headquarters, MARFOR SOUTHCOM provides personnel augmentation in support of USSOUTHCOM joint or combined operations. Headquarters, MARFOR SOUTHCOM is located at Miami, Florida, and does not deploy. Personnel perform temporary duty to coordinate operations, training, administrative, and logistical issues, as required.

Service members with Joint Task Force - Leeward Islands board a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter as they prepare for departure at Muñiz Air National Guard Base, Carolina, Puerto Rico, Sept. 23, 2017. The service members are relocating to Martinique and Guadeloupe to better support humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations in Dominica, after Hurricane Maria struck the Caribbean country. At the request of partner nations and the U.S. Agency for International Development, JTF-LI 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. Melissa Martens)

Photo by Sgt. Melissa Martens 
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