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Served with Headquarters, U.S. Southern Command (in Panama or, since October 1997, in Miami), Its Predecessor Commands in Panama, or Its Component Commands

(Those who served in Panama denoted in black / Those who served elsewhere since 1997 denoted in blue)

Arnold, General of the Army and Air Force Henry "Hap" H. (U.S. Air Force, retired - deceased) (Organized the 7th Aero Squadron in the Panama Canal Zone February-March 1917 and commanded it until May 1917) -- Since becoming one of America's first military aviator in 1911, Arnold's career paralleled the growth of America's air power as one of its most ardent promoters, with his personally contributing to most of the major milestones of the development of air power until he retired in 1946.  He is recognized as the architect of America's Air Force. Following several increasingly important assignments, he was promoted to major general and appointed chief of Air Corp Sept. 1938 (changed to chief of the Army Air Forces on June 1941); commanding general of Army Air Forces in 1942 as lieutenant general; promoted to four-star general in 1943; and in Dec. 1944 promoted to five-star General of the Army. Thus prior to and throughout World War II, he directed air activities of the nation's war against and victory over Germany and Japan.  In May 1949, by act of Congress, his rank was redesignated General of the Air Force (five-star rank), thus becoming the only military officer holding two five-star rank. (For more information go to USAF biography at http://www.af.mil/bios/bio.asp?bioID=4551 and another biography.)  

Henry "Hap" Arnold

Braaten, Major General Thomas A. (USMC retired) (from July 1988 through July 1991at Southern Command as Chief of Current Operations, Deputy Director for Operations, Vice Director of the J-3/Operations Directorate, and Deputy Chief of Staff, SouthCom) retired in 2001 after last serving simultaneously as  Commander, Marine Corps Air Bases East and Commanding General, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, 1998-2001.  Previous assignments since leaving Panama included Deputy Commanding General, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Installations and Logistics (Facilities), HQ Marine Corps; and Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Programs and Resources (Programs), HQ Marine Corps, Washington, D.C. In retirement he was president and CEO of the Twin Rivers YMCA in North Carolina 2001-2006 and currently director of Craven County (North Carolina) Regional Airport Authority.

Thomas Braaten

Bryan, General Blackshear M., Jr. (Army-retired-deceased) - Chief of staff of the Caribbean Command at Quarry Heights 1948-1951 initially under Lieutenant General Matthew Ridgway, then took command of the 24th Infantry Division in Korea in 1951 at the request of his mentor General Ridgway despite not having any combat experience.  After a year in Korea, served as Deputy Chief of Staff for the Far East Command in Tokyo before commanding the XVI Corps in Japan; then participated on the military armistice commission of the United Nations Command Component that concluded hostilities in Korea in 1953, followed by commanding the I Corps in Korea.  He served as the 43rd superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point 1954-1956, followed by commanding the U.S. Army, Pacific, based in Hawaii, 1956-1957, then served as Commanding General, First Army, in Governor's Island, New York, before retirement from the Army.  

Blackshear Bryan, Jr.

Cisneros, Lieutenant General Marc A. (U.S. Army retired) (Director of Southern Command J-3/Operations as Brigadier General 1987-1989 and Commanding General of Army South 1989-1990 as frocked Major General; earlier assignments in 1978-1981 as a Lieutenant Colonel with SouthCom J-3 and later as Deputy Commander of Army South in 1986-1987) as Coronel;  retired in 1996 after two years as Commanding General of Fifth United States Army at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Previous assignments since leaving Panama were Deputy Commanding General, III Corps at Fort Hood, Texas and Deputy Inspector General, Investigations and Oversight, Office of the Secretary of Army, Washington, D.C.,1992-1994.  In 1997, he was named one of the "100 Most Influential Hispanics" by Hispanic Business Magazine which honors Hispanic Americans who have made a positive impact on the Hispanic community and who have made lasting contributions in their chosen fields. He was president of Texas A&M University-Kingsville 1998-2001 and in 2005 was honored when the university’s Center for Young Children was dedicated in his name. He was credited with securing the funding to build the new facility which replaced the previous building that had housed the school for 60 years. Since 2005, he is chief executive officer of the Kenedy Memorial Foundation in Corpus Christi, Texas. (Go To article featuring his role in Operation Just Cause, the invasion of Panama, December 20, 1989; Go To Panamanian editorial on his contributions in restoring democracy to Panama; and Go To for background on his not getting SouthCom's commander-in-chief post in 1996.)   

Marc A. Cisneros


Clark, General Wesley K. (U.S. Army retired) (Commander in Chief U.S. Southern Command, June 1996 – July 1997) served as Supreme Allied Commander, Europe (SACEUR)-North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and Commander in Chief, European Command July 1997 - 2000. As such, he was the senior commander prosecuting the war over Kosovo (March-June 1999) in directing NATO’s Operation Allied Force (a 19-nation alliance) in the successful 78-day air campaign against Yugoslavia which defeated strongman Slobodan Milosovic and ended his brutal campaign of ethnic cleansing. After retiring from the Army in 2000, Clark was managing director of investment banking for Stephens Inc. in Little Rock, Arkansas, and chairman and chief executive officer of Wesley K. Clark & Associates, a strategic advisory and consulting firm, also in Little Rock. Clark also was a military analyst for CNN during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and the follow-on reconstruction there. His book, Waging Modern War: Bosnia, Kosovo, and the Future of Combat, was published in 2001. In August 2000, he received from President Clinton the Presidential Medial of Freedom, America’s highest civilian award, for his role as a key negotiator of the Dayton Peace Accords and as head of U.S. European Command/NATO.  He ran in the 2004 Democrat primary for President. He is a senior fellow at UCLA's Burkle Center for International Relations.  

Wesley Clark  

Conner, Major General Fox  (U.S. Army retired-deceased)  (Commander of the 20th Brigade at Camp Gaillard, Panama Canal Zone 1921 - 1925) after leaving Panama served as the Army's deputy chief of staff, held command in Hawaii, and in 1933 was assigned by President Franklin Roosevelt the task of mobilizing approximately 24,000 young men and World War veterans for the 125 Civilian Corps companies in the six New England States, and retired from the Army in 1938 after serving his country for forty-four years. Conner was best known for his influence over such Army Generals as John Pershing, George Marshall, George Patton, and, particularly, Dwight Eisenhower, all who revered Conner and his work. Conner died October 13, 1951 at the age of 77 -- a year before Dwight Eisenhower was elected President of the United States in 1952.  (For more go to biographies on external site)

Fox Conner

Craddock, General Bantz J. (Army) (Commander, U.S. Southern Command in Miami (Nov 9, 2004 - Oct 19, 2006) is Supreme Allied Commander, Europe (SACEUR)-North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and Commander, European Command since October 2006.

Bantz Craddock

Craig, General Malin (U.S. Army retired-deceased) (Commander of the Panama Canal Department 1928 - 1930; previously with the Panama Canal Division), was Army Chief of Staff (October 1935- August 1939).  He was succeeded in the position by General George Catlett Marshall.

Malin Craig

Curtin, Colonel Joseph (U.S. Army retired) (Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Army South, Fort Clayton 1995-1998) after leaving Panama commanded 704th Military Police Battalion at Fort Lewis, Washington, 1998-2000; was speechwriter for the Commander in Chief, U.S. Forces Korea at Seoul, 2000-2001; and, after attending the U.S. Army War College, was division chief of Media Relations Division of  the Office of the Chief of Army Public Affairs 2002-2006.  
Donlon, Colonel Roger Hugh C. (U.S. Army retired - MOH-Vietnam 1964) commanded the 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), at Fort Gulick, Panama (1977-1978). (For details on MOH Go To)

Roger Donlon (MOH)

Doran, Admiral Walter F. (U.S. Navy retired) (Deputy Commander in Chief and Chief of Staff of Southern Command from December 1996 through July 1998) commanded the Seventh Fleet August 1998 to September 2000, served as Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff September 2000 to May 2002, and Commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, 2002 - 2005, responsible for the world's largest combined fleet command. After retiring from the Navy, he joined Raytheon Company in 2005 as Navy Service Executive, responsible for helping Raytheon identify and provide appropriate resources to pursue Navy strategic growth opportunities and being the company's internal U.S. Navy subject matter expert, explaining the Navy's transformational goals and forming a direct link to Raytheon's businesses to help the company shape integrated mission solutions to address customer needs.

Walter Doran

Eisenhower, General of the Army Dwight D. (U.S. Army retired-deceased)  (Executive officer to General Fox Conner, commander of the 20th Brigade, Camp Gaillard, Panama Canal Zone January 1922 - September 1924 as a major) -- Significant general officer and other assignments after leaving Panama included Assistant Army Chief of Staff in charge of War Plans; commanded the Allied invasion of North Africa November 1942 - May 1943; directed the invasion of Sicily in July - August 1943; commanded the invasion of Italy in September 1943; Supreme Commander of Allied Expeditionary Forces to command Operation Overlord 1944 - 1945 (the invasion of Europe, spearheaded by the invasion of Normandy on June 6, D-day); promoted to five-star General of the Army in 1944, commander of the United States occupation zone in Germany in 1945; and Chief of Staff, United States Army 1945 - 1948. After retiring from the Army in 1948, he wrote Crusades in Europe; president of Columbia University 1948 - 1950; Supreme Allied Commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) 1951 - 1952; and the 34th President of the United States  1953 - 1961. In 1961, Congress re-instated his five-star rank (he resigned his commission in the Army to accept the Presidency.)  He died in 1969. (For more details go to.)
Photo # USA P-16071:  General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower, November 1947

Dwight Eisenhower

Fetig, Colonel James (U.S. Army retired) (Director of Public Affairs, U.S. Southern Command 1993-1995) was named associate vice president of Institute Communications and Public Affairs of Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta April 2006.  Since leaving Panama, he had been director of public affairs for the National Security Council at The White House and deputy White House press secretary (1995-1997). Assignments since retiring from the Army in 1997 had been vice president of public relations for Lockheed Martin Corporation in Washington, D.C.1997-2002 and vice president of media relations of Raytheon Company, Waltham, Massachusetts 2002-2006.

James Fetig

Galvin, General John R. (U.S. Army retired) (Commander in Chief, U.S. Southern Command, March 1985 – June 1987), was Supreme Allied Commander, Europe (SACEUR)-North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and Commander in Chief, European Command 1987- 1992 (during the last five years of the Cold War). There he played a central role in many defining events, including the Gulf War, the redesigning of NATO strategy, humanitarian support in Central and Eastern European nations, the rescue of 450,000 Kurdish refugees in northern Iraq, East-West negotiations on arms control, and U.S. military operations in Zaire, Liberia, and other African nations. Following retirement from the U.S. Army in 1992, he had served as Special State Department Envoy (rank of Ambassador) to Bosnia to assist in the negotiations in Bosnia. Following retirement from the Army, he was The John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of National Security Studies at the United States Military Academy ( West Point) in 1992-1993, later Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, Chair Emeritus of the American Council on Germany, and Distinguished Policy Analyst, Mershon Center, Ohio State University.  He was one of the commissioners on the U.S. Commission on National Security/21st Century (Hart-Rudman Commission), chartered as a Federal advisory committee by the Secretary of Defense in 1998 to provide the most comprehensive government-sponsored review of U.S. national security in more than 50 years. He has published several books (The Minute Men, Air Assault, and Three Men of Boston) and articles on U.S. military strategy, transatlantic relations, and the future role of NATO.  


John Galvin



Gaylord, Brigadier General Robert E. (U.S. Army retired) (Commander of the Southern Command Radio and Television Network (SCN) in Panama in 1988-early 1990), is currently Chief Executive Officer of the Leader to Leader Institute (formerly the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management) in New York City after retiring from the Army in January 2005.  Previously he was the Chief of Army Public Affairs, Department of the Army at the Pentagon 2003-2005, after having served as Deputy Chief of Army Public Affairs 2002-2003.. Earlier commanded Army broadcast networks also in Saudi Arabia and in Europe and served in the Army recruiting arena as Deputy Commanding General – East.
Geiger, Colonel Melvin H. (Army-retired) -- (Public Affairs Officer of 193d Infantry Brigade (Canal Zone) (August 1975-July 1978 at Fort Amador), which was then the senior Army command in Panama and the Army component of the U.S. Southern Command). After departing Panama he was the Public Affairs Officer for the John F. Kennedy Center for Special Warfare at Fort Bragg, North Carolina (during which time he handled the press after the failed April 4, 1980 U.S. military commando operation to rescue several hostages in the U.S. Embassy in Tehran after the Embassy had been taken over on November 4, 1979 by a group of Iranian militant students after the fall of the Shah of Iran).  After retiring from the Army in August 1980 as a Colonel, he served as a specialist in Islamic Affairs with the Defense Intelligence Agency until he retired from the DIA in 1997. After 9/11, he returned to duty with the DIA from January to September 2002.

Melvin Geiger

Goodpaster, General Andrew J. (U.S. Army retired-deceased) (Captain with the Army Corps of Engineers' 11th Engineer Regiment at Fort Clayton, Panama, in 1942) -- In 1944 Goodpaster while with the Army General Staff became closely associated with Army Chief of Staff Dwight D. Eisenhower and later joined Eisenhower at NATO, serving as assistant to the chief of staff, General Alfred Gruenther. In that capacity Goodpaster played a major role in helping to organize NATO forces and define the political and military aims of the fledgling alliance. In 1954 Goodpaster joined President Eisenhower as staff secretary in the White House. Following the end of the Eisenhower administration, Goodpaster returned briefly to Europe, serving as commander of the 8th Infantry Division. He served as a special assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Maxwell D. Taylor; later was director of the joint staff of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In 1967 he was chosen to be the Army representative on the United Nations Military Staff Command. From July 1967 to June 1968 he was commandant of the National War College.  Later he commanded the 8th Infantry Division in Europe. From 1969 through 1974 Supreme Allied Commander (NATO) in Europe. After retirement from the Army in 1974, he was recalled out of retirement in 1977 to serve as superintendent of West Point until 1981 in the wake of a cheating scandal that had severely tarnished its reputation.  

Andrew Goodpaster

Gorman, General Paul F. U.S. Army retired) -- Since his retirement from the Army in 1985, General Gorman has operated a consulting, research and development firm at his farm, Cardinal Point in Afton, Virginia, where he also raises cattle and wine grapes. He has served with three White House Commissions: the Commission on Organized Crime, the Packard Commission on Defense Management, and the Commission on Long Term Integrated Strategy. He is also a consultant for the Institute for Defense Analyses and the Defense Science Board, and an Assistant Professor for Research in the Department of Neurosurgery, UVA's Health Sciences Center , dealing with issues concerning advanced information technology for health care. General Gorman has been an innovator in the Army's use of information technology, both on active duty and since. In 1995 the Society for Computer Simulation International presented him its Founders Award for Distinguished Service, citing "his many pioneering contributions to the methodology and application of simulation to military defense and preparedness."
Gottardi, Major General Larry (U.S. Army retired) (Director of Southern Command's Liaison Office in Washington, D.C. in early 1990s; later Director of Public Affairs, SouthCom 1995-1997 - the first director of SouthCom's Public Affairs promoted to major general officer rank) retired from the Army January  2006 after having served as deputy chief of staff, G-1/Personnel of U.S. Army Forces Command at Fort McPherson, Georgia. After leaving Panama, he was deputy commanding general of the Army Cadet Command, commanding general of  XVIII Airborne Corps Artillery, and Chief of Army Public Affairs, Department of the Army at the Pentagon.  (While commander of the 319th Field Artillery, 82d Airborne Division, he participated in Operation Just Cause in Panama December 20, 1989, parachuting with his unit and others of the 82nd over Torrijos/Tocuman Airport at the outset of the operation.)  

Larry Gottardi


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