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Installation Overview

 SOUTHCOM Headquarters

Location

U.S. Army Garrison-Miami is located in sunny Miami-Dade county, Florida, 3 miles west of the Miami International Airport. Because the command is not on an installation, programs and services normally on an installation are not available, i.e., commissary, Base Exchange, youth programs, library, and auto shop. The command works with the local communities to ensure personnel have access to things programs and services typically available on a military installation.

Blessed with year round mild climates and unrivaled ocean access, America's southernmost resort city is also a sought-after international recreation destination. Forbes named it "America's Cleanest City" in 2008. Miami caters to action-oriented visitors from around the globe with some of the world's top golf, tennis and sporting facilities. Add sparkling waters that are a magnet for boating enthusiasts, fishermen, divers and water sports aficionados to the equation, and it's clear why Miami is often a number one choice for active travelers of all ages and skill levels. The installation's base operator is 305-437-1000.

History

USSOUTHCOM traces its origins to 1903, when the first U.S. Marines arrived in Panama to protect the Panama Railroad connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans across the narrow waist of the Panamanian Isthmus. The Marines remained to provide security during the early construction of the Panama Canal. Today, USSOUTHCOM is the unified command responsible for all U.S. Military activities on the land mass of Latin America, south of Mexico; the waters adjacent to Central and South America; the Caribbean Sea, with its 13 island nations, European and U.S. territories; the Gulf of Mexico; and a portion of the Atlantic Ocean. On September 26, 1997, the command headquarters relocated to Miami, Florida. It is one of five geographically unified commands under the Department of Defense. The command's area of focus encompasses 32 countries (19 in Central and South America and 13 in the Caribbean) and covers about 14.5 million square miles (23.2 million square kilometers). The region represents about one-sixth of the landmass of the world assigned to regional unified commands. For more information, go to the United States Southern Command homepage.

Mission

United States Army Garrison-Miami provides valued services, programs and quality of life for service member, families and civilians commensurate with their service in order to enable Forces to execute operations in a time of persistent conflict.

Population Served

The command is the only active duty military installation in South Florida. As such, the U.S. Army Garrison-Miami serves all personnel assigned to the command as well as reservists, National Guard, family members, retirees and DoD civilians residing in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area.

Base Transportation

Currently, there is no base transportation on this installation.

Sponsorship

To request a sponsor, complete DA Form 5434, Sponsorship Counseling and Information Sheet, (http://www.apd.army.mil/Search/ePubsSearch/ePubsSearchDownloadPage.aspx?docID=0902c85180011464) and send it to your unit’s Military Personnel Office. The sponsor will meet new personnel upon request. When not met by a sponsor, arriving personnel should report to the U.S. Army Garrison-Miami, Room B1020 to in-process. The Army Military Personnel Office is open Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. The telephone number is 305-437-1715/1717. Personnel can also report to SCJ1 in the Headquarters Building. In processing will not be completed but personnel can check in with the SCJ1. The telephone number for SCJ1 is 305-437-1127.

Temporary Quarters

Transient military housing is not available upon relocation to USSOUTHCOM. The Housing Office provides a list of local hotels to assist with temporary lodging. For a list of these local hotels, contact the Housing Office at 305-437-2664/2636 or visit the website.

Relocation Assistance

A Newcomer Orientation is held monthly at ACS. Service members can sign up for the Newcomer Orientation when they in-process ACS. It is a two-day orientation hosted by the U.S. Army Garrison on the first half-day and provides information on command and community programs and services. Spouses are highly encouraged to attend the first half day. The second half of day one as well as day two is hosted by the Headquarters Commandant's Office and provides information on U.S. Southern Command programs. A Miami Tour is offered every other month to points of interest in the Greater Miami Area.

A Lending Closet is available for service members and Family members moving to and from the U.S. Southern Command and the U.S. Army Garrison Miami. Basic household items are loaned for a designated period of time while personnel are waiting for the shipment of household goods. Contact ACS at (305) 437-2665.

Critical Installation Information

USSOUTHCOM is not a traditional military installation. Because the command is not on an installation, programs and services normally on an installation are not available, i.e., commissary, Base Exchange, youth programs, library, and auto shop. The command works with the local communities to ensure personnel have access to these programs and services typically available on a military installation.


Associated Links

Military OneSource
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Defense Travel Management Office /Per Diem
Per Diem official website with information on allowances, travel regulations and lodging websites.

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TRICARE beneficiaries can electronically link to their medical records, pay and human resource systems and other websites.

Defense Finance and Accounting Service
The authoritative source for pay issues.

DoD Schools
Provides complete information on all Department of Defense Schools run by DoDEA.

Military K-12 Partnership
Provides comprehensive information for all students.

DoD Commissaries
The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment.

Stars and Stripes
Current editions for European, Mid East and Pacific newspapers.

The CIA World Factbook
Provides information on locations overseas.

OSD Reserve Affairs
Provides benefits and services designed to enhance and maintain the quality of life for noncommissioned and petty officers.

Army OneSource
Comprehensive information on all Army Community Services and QOL support.

Army Home Page
Information and resources for Army soldiers and families worldwide.

United States Army Recruiting Command Soldier and Family Assistance Programs
Public web site for all Army recruiting command needs.

U.S. Army Cadet Command -- Official QOL Web Site
Provides information and links to all Army Cadet Command quality of life issues.

Army Installation Management Command
Link is helpful in order to gain information about local and Army-wide initiatives.

Army Reserves
Information on the Army Reserve as a career.

Military ID Card/CAC -- Locator
Find all military ID card and CAC facilities worldwide.

MilitaryKidsConnect
Department of Defense-sponsored website for kids impacted by the deployment of parents and caregivers.

USA4 Military Families
Seeks to engage and educate state policymakers, not-for-profit associations, concerned business interests, and other state leaders about the needs of military members and their families.

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