SOUTHCOM Commander Gen. Laura Richardson testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee March 23 as part of the command's annual Posture Statement to Congress.
Gen. Laura Richardson joined a Women's History Month panel discussion at the Military Women's Memorial March 6 with fellow female 4-stars Adm. Linda Fagan, Adm. Lisa Franchetti and Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost.
Gen. Laura Richardson joined defense and public-security leaders from the U.S. and Central America for CENTSEC to discuss ways to strengthen regional security cooperation.


Paraguay President Mario Abdo Benitez meets with U.S. military commanders in Tampa
MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Florida -- Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benítez, Army Gen. Bryan Fenton, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, and Army Gen. Laura Richardson, commander of U.S. Southern Command, arrive at SOCOM headquarters March 30, 2023. During the president’s visit, the leaders discussed strengthening the U.S.-Paraguay security partnership. (U.S. Special Operations Command photo)
March 31, 2023 - Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benitez visited U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) March 30, where he met with U.S. Army Gen. Bryan Fenton, SOCOM commander, U.S. Army Gen. Laura Richardson, commander of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), as well as other senior command and Department of Defense officials.

Coast Guard crew offloads $166 million worth of narcotics in San Diego
March 31, 2023 - The Coast Guard Cutter Waesche (WMSL 751) crew offloaded more than 6,325 pounds of cocaine and more than 13,220 pounds of marijuana worth more than $166 million, Wednesday, in San Diego.

Generals Discuss Hemispheric Challenges, Solutions
Army Staff Sgt. Nicholas Endres performs a site survey along the border between Honduras and Guatemala, July 20, 2022. U.S. Southern Command’s Joint Task Force Bravo led a visit to the border in an integrated effort between the U.S. and its Honduran partners to speak with community representatives about regional security concerns.
March 23, 2023 - The two combatant commanders of the Western Hemisphere discussed threats posed by Russia and China during testimony on national and regional security at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill.

IAAFA leaders attend Paraguayan Air Force centennial celebration
Mario Abdo Benitez, President of Paraguay, pins Col. José Jiménez, Jr., Commandant of the  Inter-American Air Forces Academy, with the Medal of Honor for the Centennial Commemoration of the Paraguayan Air Force in Asunción, Paraguay, Feb. 22, 2023. Benitez greeted senior members of visiting delegations and pinned each of them with the medal of honor to commemorate the anniversary. (Courtesy Photo)
March 23, 2023 - Inter-American Air Forces Academy leaders joined Paraguay’s top military officials to commemorate the Paraguayan Air Force’s Centennial Anniversary Feb. 21-24.

CENTAM Guardian 23 kicks off with an opening ceremony
March 19, 2023 - Soldiers and interagency partners conducting the exercise will employ specific occupational skills such as special operations, naval warfare, military intelligence, K-9 handlers, cyber warfare, medics, civil affairs, aviation and support personnel, to employ real world based scenarios for partner nation militaries to exercise, assess, and update tactics and procedures.

DOD Integral to Combating Climate Change in Western Hemisphere
A young polar bear investigates a piece of ice Sept. 13, 2016 in the Chukchi Sea. Underway for its second mission, Cutter Healy embarked a team of researchers from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC-San Diego, and the Office of Naval Research who are deploying an array of acoustic bottom moorings to collect data on how climate change and decreased ice coverage is affecting the Arctic Ocean. U.S.
March 16, 2023 - While the Western Hemisphere is a vast area with many different peoples, environments, cultures, resources and concerns, all have one overarching concern: climate change, Daniel P. Erikson, the Defense Department's point man for the region, said.





Gen. Laura J. Richardson bio photo

Army Gen. Laura J. Richardson is the 25th commander of SOUTHCOM. She assumed command Oct. 29, 2021.

Gen. Richardson's Bio


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