J1 Manpower & Personnel Directorate 

Air Force Col Pedro A. Cotto-Pe​rez, J1 DirectorJ1 Director

Air Force Col Pedro A. Cotto-Perez

J1 Contact Info: 305-437-1117


Responsible for oversight of manpower, personnel, administration, and reserve functions for United States Southern Command affecting over 2,000 personnel at HQ SOUTHCOM, Special Operations Command South, Joint Task Force Guantanamo, Joint Interagency Task Force South, and security cooperation offices in 32 countries throughout the Caribbean, Central and South America.


Advises the Combatant Commander on all joint military and civilian, manpower, active and reserve personnel policies.  Serves as the Commander´s personnel and manpower liaison with the Joint Staff, Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Services´ HQ personnel/manpower departments, and the Service Component Commands.  Serves as the Command´s Adjutant General on all administrative matters.