U.S. Marines hold a flag.
200807-M-XZ164-834.JPG Photo By: Gunnery Sgt. Michael Cifuentes

Miami - Brig. Gen. Phillip N. Frietze, the incoming commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South, passes the unit’s colors to Sgt. Maj. Edwin A. Mota, the sergeant major of MARFORSOUTH, during the MARFORSOUTH change of command ceremony in Miami, Florida, Aug. 7, 2020. Maj. Gen. Fahey, the outgoing commander of MARFORSOUTH, relinquished command to Brig. Gen. Frietze after serving as commander of MARFORSOUTH since August 2018. MARFORSOUTH is the Marine Corps component to U.S. Southern Command, which is one of the 11 combatant commands in the Department of Defense. The staff of nearly 150 Marines, Sailors and civilian employees are responsible for planning exercises, operations and overall support for the SOUTHCOM assigned area of responsibility, which covers Latin America and the Caribbean. Maj. Gen. Fahey is a native of Lavallette, New Jersey. Brig. Gen. Frietze is a native of Las Cruces, New Mexico. Sgt. Maj. Mota is a native of New York, New York. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. Michael Cifuentes)


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