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MEDIA ADVISORY: Ceremony today marks change of leadership at SOUTHCOM

CLASSIFICATION:UNCLASSIFIED
Point of Contact:
U.S. Southern Command,
Public Affairs Office
Mr. Jose Ruiz, Tel. 305-437-1205/1213
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Secretary of Defense to preside over event
  
WHAT: U.S. Southern Command change-of-command ceremony. This ceremony will include a U.S. Air Force F-16 fly-over by the 482nd Fighter Wing from Homestead Air Reserve Base and music performed by the Florida National Guard 13th Army Band from Pembroke Pines.
 
WHO: U.S. Marine Gen. John Kelly will assume command from U.S. Air Force Gen. Douglas Fraser. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will preside and officiate over the ceremony.
 
WHEN: PRESS IS ASKED TO ARRIVE AT 3 P.M. today to allow for credentialing, parking and security scans. The ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. today.
 
WHERE: Gate 2, U.S. Southern Command headquarters, 9301 NW 33rd St., Doral, Fla. 33172 (east of the intersection of NW 97th Ave and NW 33rd St).
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IMPORTANT NOTE TO NEWS DESKS: Media interested in covering this ceremony should contact the Public Affairs Office with the names of reporters and/or photographers no later than 11 a.m. today. Press credentialing will be required for access to the event and press badges will be issued for display.
 
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