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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.
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.
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.
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.