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Gen. John F. Kelly
Lieutenant General Kenneth E. Tovo
Chief of Staff Bio Photo: Maj. Gen. Michael T. Plehn, Chief of Staff, SOUTHCOM
Deputy Commander for Mobilization and Reserve Affairs Bio Photo:  Brig. Gen. Ricky L. Waddell
Sergeant Major Eric J Geressy

Gen. John F. Kelly


Lt. Gen. Kenneth E. Tovo 

Military Deputy Commander

Position Currently Vacant

Civilian Deputy to the Commander

Maj. Gen. Michael T. Plehn

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. Karl Schultz J4 Bio Photo: Colonel Mark R. Hollahan <br> J5 Bio Photo: Image forthcoming J6 Bio Photo, COLONEL Jonathon R. Moelter, Director Communication Systems J7 Bio Photo: Rear Adm Scott B. Jerabek 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. Karl L. Schultz, Director
Marine Col. Mark R. Hollahan, Director
Navy Rear Adm. Dan Fillion, Director​
Col. Jonathon R. Moelter, Director​


Navy Rear Adm. Scott B. Jerabek, Director ​


Mr. David Thiede, Director ​


Dr. Vic Ramdass, Director​


 Other staff sections

Congressional Affairs Bio Photo: Elizabeth Gonzales, Congressional Affairs



Public Affairs Bio Photo: Army COL Lisa A. Garcia Chaplain Bio Photo: COL Michael T. Lembke ​ Command Surgeon Bio Photo: COL Rudolph Cachuela
Elizabeth Gonzales, Chief
Army Col. Paul L. DeCecco, Inspector General
Marine Col. Joseph G. Bowe, Staff Judge Advocate
Army Col. Lisa A. Garcia
Chief, Public Affairs
Army Col. Michael T. Lembke, Chaplain
Air Force Col. Rudolph Cachuela, Command Surgeon