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Miami Herald: Vice Adm. Kurt Tidd Selected Southcom Head

Vice Adm. Kurt Tidd
Vice Adm. Kurt Tidd

U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Kurt Tidd, currently assistant to the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, has been chosen to succeed the retiring Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly as commander of the U.S. Southern Command, Miami Herald reported Friday.

Carol Rosenberg writes Tidd has served as a Navy officer over the past 37 years and has traveled with Secretary of State John Kerry as the JCS chairman’s representative.

If nominated and confirmed, Tidd will be in charge of the U.S.’ military activities across Latin American and Caribbean regions.

He previously led the Naval Forces Southern Command and 4th Fleet, directed counterterrorism policies at the National Security Council and served on the Chief of Naval Operations War on Terrorism Operations Planning Group.

Tidd also managed operations aboard the Squadron 50, USS Arthur Radford and USS Leftwich destroyers.

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