SOCSOUTH welcomes new commander

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Rear Adm. Keith Davids relinquished command to Marine Brig. Gen. Peter Huntley at Special Operations Command South headquarters during a change of command ceremony July 6. Army Gen. Laura Richardson, U.S. Southern Command commander presided over the ceremony.

Huntley enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1984 and served three years with the 1st Ranger Battalion before receiving an honorable discharge in 1987. In December 1991, Huntley received a commission in the U.S. Marine Corps through the Platoon Leader’s Course.

Prior to his current assignment, Huntley served as Director, Operations Division, Plans, Policies and Operations, Headquarters U.S. Marine Corps.

SOCSOUTH is one of seven sub-unified commands in the Department of Defense and operationally assigned to U.S. Southern Command in Doral, Florida. As a joint special operations headquarters, it plans and executes special operations in Central and South America and the Caribbean.

SOCSOUTH’s area of responsibility encompasses 31 countries & 10 overseas territories of other nations, such as the United Kingdom, France and the Netherlands.