Rear Adm. Fernandez L. Ponds, USN, will be assigned as commander, Joint Task Force Guantanamo, U.S. Southern Command, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
U.S. Southern Command
Brig. Gen. Kurt L. Sonntag, USA, has been assigned as commander, Special Operations Command South, U.S. Southern Command, Homestead Air Reserve Base, Florida.
Lt. Gen. Kenneth E. Tovo, USA, has been nominated for assignment as deputy commander, U.S. Southern Command, Miami, Florida.
Capt. Daniel H. Fillion, USN, has been selected for promotion to rear admiral and will be assigned as director, J-5, U.S. Southern Command, Miami.
Lt. Gen. John F. Kelly, USMC, has been nominated for appointment to the grade of general and assignment as commander, U.S. Southern Command.
Brig. Gen. James C. Lettko, ARNG, has been assigned deputy commander, Joint Task Force-Guantanamo, U.S. Southern Command, Cuba.
ITT Systems Corporation, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, is being awarded a $20 million firm fixed price with cost reimbursable line items contract modification to provide various program management operations and maintenance, and mission support services to the Air Force Forward operating location in support of the U. S. Southern Command aerial counter drug surveillance mission at HATO International Airport Curacao, Netherland Antilles and Reina Beatrix International Airport, Aruba.
Vice Adm. Joseph D. Kernan, USN, has been assigned deputy commander, U.S. Southern Command, Miami, Florida.
As U.S. troops continue to engage in hard-power battles to defeat dangerous enemies around the world, another type of international effort is moving forward a little closer to home. The U.S. Southern Command possesses very little in terms of military assets, yet the organization is making inroads and a big difference in its region of responsibility through partnerships, humanitarian assistance and a whole-of-government approach. The command has an evolving organizational structure with unique personnel in one-of-a-kind roles, including the man leading what used to be the separate directorships of Intelligence and Operations.