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Leadership/Staff

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Gen. John F. Kelly
Lieutenant General Kenneth E. Tovo
James D. Nealon
Brigadier General Mark C. Nowland, Director, Strategy, Policy and Plans
Deputy Commander for Mobilization and Reserve Affairs Bio Photo:  Brig. Gen. Ricky L. Waddell
Sergeant Major Eric J Geressy

Gen. John F. Kelly

 
Commander
 

Lt. Gen. Kenneth E. Tovo 

Military Deputy Commander

Mr. James D. Nealon

 
Civilian Deputy to the Commander

Maj. Gen. Mark C. Nowland

Chief of Staff

Maj. Gen. Ricky L. Waddell

Deputy Commander for Mobilization & Reserve Affairs

CSM William B. Zaiser

 

Command Senior Enlisted Leader

 

Directorates and Staff

Directorates are the functional divisions within SOUTHCOM. Each directorate is charged to support or manage an aspect of the mission.  Click on the links below to learn more about each directorate. 

J1 Bio Photo: Navy Capt. Hui K. Pak, Director, Manpower and Personnel J2 Bio Photo: Air Force Brig. Gen. Thomas W. Geary, Director, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance J3 Bio Photo: Coast Guard Rear Adm. Vincent B. Atkins J4 Bio Photo: Colonel Mark R. Hollahan <br> J5 Bio Photo: Image forthcoming J6 Bio Photo, COLONEL MARIA B. BARRETT, Director Communication Systems J7 Bio Photo: Mr. Kevin Johnson, Acting Director J8 Bio Photo: Mr. David Thiede, Director, J-8 Resources and Assessments J9 Bio Photo: Dr. Vic Ramdass
 
Navy Capt. Carol M. Kushmier, Director
 
Air Force Brig. Gen. Thomas W. Geary, Director​
 
Coast Guard Rear Adm. Vincent B. Atkins, Director 
 
Marine Col. Mark R. Hollahan, Director
 
Navy Rear Adm. Dan Fillion, Director​
 
Army Col. Maria B. Barrett, Director​

 

 
Mr. Kevin Johnson, Acting Director​

 

 
Mr. David Thiede, Director ​

 

 
Dr. Vic Ramdass, Director​
 

 

 

 Other staff sections

 
Congressional Affairs Bio Photo: Elizabeth Gonzales, Congressional Affairs Inspector General Bio Photo: Air Force Col. John Neal SJA bio photo: Col. Daniel J. Lecce Public Affairs Bio Photo: Col Gregory Julian Chaplain Bio Photo: Capt. Ronnie King Command Surgeon Bio Photo: COL Cachuela Rudolph
 
Elizabeth Gonzales, Chief
Air Force Col. John Neal, Inspector General
 
Marine Col. Daniel J. Lecce, Staff Judge Advocate
 
Army Col. Gregory Julian
Chief, Public Affairs
 
Army Col. Michael T. Lembke, Chaplain
Air Force Col. Rudolph Cachuela, Command Surgeon