Senate Confirms New Commander of SouthCom

Lt. General Richardson becomes second female combatant command general.

This week, the U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Lt. General Laura Richardson as the next commander of the U.S. Southern Command. SouthCom manages military operations in the Caribbean, South and Central America. General Richardson will receive her fourth star and become the second female Army general as well as the second female combatant commander in U.S. history. She began her military career as an aviation office and most recently led the U.S. Army North Command.

“We must hasten to pick up the pieces left by the pandemic and transform our relationships to meet 21st-century security challenges. Put simply, winning together with our allies and partners matters,” Lt. General Richardson said during her Senate confirmation hearings. “Whether [it is working] against [the coronavirus], transnational criminal organizations, the predatory actions of China, the malign influence of Russia, or natural disasters, there’s nothing we cannot overcome or achieve through an integrated response with our interagency allies and partners.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For members of the Senate as they are on recess for the remainder of August.
  • For General Richardson as she assumes leadership of the Southern Command.
  • For military officials as they face the challenges of drug and human trafficking, disaster relief, and oversee the Guantanamo Bay facilities.

Sources: Stars and Stripes,


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