U.S. Army South's Mission, Vision, Enduring Priorities and Strategy



U.S. Army South (ARSOUTH) conducts and supports multinational operations and security cooperation in the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility in order to counter transnational threats and strengthen regional security in defense of the homeland.


A flexible, agile and responsive Army Service Component Command capable of simultaneously conducting contingency operations and Theater Security Cooperation engagements for U.S. Southern Command and Department of the Army. 

As the combatant command (COCOM) support agent, U.S. Army South provides an, appropriate, fiscally responsive and maximum level of support based upon available resources. 

US Army South is responsive to the COCOM as we work to become the “partner of choice” for Regional Armies.  


     Command's Enduring Priorities

 Flexibility, agility and responsiveness are woven into the fabric of every ARSOUTH mission.  In order to meet the continued requirements for Theater Security Cooperation and Contingency Operations, ARSOUTH will work closely with the community of interest for the AOR, including joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multilateral partner nations.  ARSOUTH uses the following enduring priorities to focus efforts to accomplish our mission throughout the AOR: 

1)      Contingency Readiness – ARSOUTH must sustain individual and collective training capability for immediate transition to contingency operations

2)      Primacy of Partnering – ARSOUTH will seek partnership in all regional initiatives

3)      Mission Resourcing – ARSOUTH is fiscally disciplined and a responsive steward of resources while meeting prioritized mission requirements

4)      Command Responsiveness – ARSOUTH is flexible, agile and responsive to subordinate elements, other components and USSOUTHCOM


 U.S. Army South Command Strategy 

Click here to view the U.S. Army South Command Strategy and the U.S. Army Strategic Planning Guidance.

 Juntos Podemos! – Together We Can!

Area of Responsibility

U.S. Army South is the Army Service Component Command of U.S. Southern Command. SOUTHCOM's area of responsibility encompasses 31 countries and 15 areas of special sovereignty in Central and South America, and the Caribbean and covers about 15.6 million square miles. Click here for more information about SOUTHCOM's area of responsibility.



Humanitarian Operations and Engagements:

Operation Unified Response: Provided military support to the international disaster relief efforts in Haiti following the Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake.

New Horizons: Humanitarian and civic assistance operations provided to the people of Haiti.

Beyond the Horizon: Humanitarian and civic assistance operations provided to the people of Central and South America and the Caribbean.

Fuerzas Aliadas Humanitarias: Regionally oriented emergency response exercise with Partner Nation disaster management agencies.

Joint and Combined Engagements:

Peace Keeping Operations: Multi-echelon command and control exercises executed at the operational and tactical level.

PANAMAX: Operational exercise focused on the defense of the Panama Canal by a Multi-National Task Force.


U.S. Army South is the Army’s executive agent for Phase III of reintegration for U.S. personnel rescued or returned from captivity. 


1st Battlefield Coordination Detachment
David-Montham Air Force Base, Arizona

1-228th Aviation Battalion
Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras

Army Forces, JTF-B
Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras

525th Military Police Battalion
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

512th Engineer Detachment
Fort Sam Houston, Texas

Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion
Fort Sam Houston, Texas

470th Military Intelligence Brigade
Fort Sam Houston, Texas

56th Signal Battalion
Fort Sam Houston, Texas

377th Theater Sustainment Command
Belle Chasse, Louisiana

807th Medical Deployment Support Command
Seagoville, Texas