Navy Adm. Craig Faller, shown with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis at a Nov. 26 change-of-command ceremony in Florida, succeeds retiring Navy Adm. Kurt Tidd as US Southern Command chief. DOD photo by Raymond Sarracino.
Adm. Craig Faller took over as commander of US Southern Command
during a ceremony Monday in Florida. Faller, who previously served as
the senior military assistant to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, assumed
command from retiring Adm. Kurt Tidd.
Watch highlights from Faller's remarks at the Nov. 26 change-of-command ceremony. DOD video.
Mattis, during the ceremony, said
SOUTHCOM is positioned to “counter transnational threat networks,
prepare and respond to natural disasters, and promote military
professionalism and military-to-military exchanges across the region.”
SOUTHCOM oversees a region that is largely secure and not prone to
conflict because of international alliances, though countries such as
Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Cuba have shown to be anti-democratic.
fortunate, forward-looking hemisphere has made strides not only
democratically, but also economically and militarily,” Mattis said. “As
the political dimension matures and economic headwinds are encountered,
our hemisphere’s militaries can be stabilizing forces, especially when
we collaborate to protect our peoples from mother nature’s storms and
manmade insults to civilization, whether terrorism, drug trafficking, or
other security threats."
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