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Obama Nominates Kurt Tidd to Head US Southern Command

Vice Adm. Kurt Tidd
Vice Adm. Kurt Tidd

President Barack Obama has nominated U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Kurt Tidd as the next commander of the U.S. Southern Command and for promotion to the admiral rank, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced Thursday.

Tidd serves as assistant to the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman and works with the Secretary of State as part of his duty.

He is also charged with monitoring the U.S.’ road map for peace in the Middle East.

Prior to his current role, he served as JCS director for operations and facilitated communication activities between the U.S. president, defense secretary, unified commanders and military services.

He also held assignments at sea, including as commander of the Naval Forces Southern Command/4th Fleet, Carrier Strike Group 8, Middle East Force and Task Force 55.

Ashore, he worked as director of strategic capabilities policy and director of combating terrorism at the National Security Council Staff for three years, founding deputy for operations in the Chief of Naval Operations War on Terrorism Operations Planning Group and assistant chief of staff for operations at the Naval Forces Central Command/5th Fleet.

He studied at Porter Gaud School and the Armed Forces Staff College, as well as holds a degree in foreign area studies from the U.S. Naval Academy and a master’s degree in political science from the University of Bordeaux in France.

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