US Southern Command
U.S. Southern Command Relocation Information
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Welcome to U.S. Southern Command!
The U.S. Southern Command is a joint command uniting 1,200 military members of the Marine Corps, Air Force, Army, Navy, Coast Guard, as well as numerous government agencies. The base goes by “SOUTHCOM” and is one of the ten Unified Combatant Commands in the U.S. Its purpose is to protect U.S. resources in Central and South America, Cuba, the Bahamas, and the territorial waters, by creating contingency plans, operations, and security for the region.
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U.S. Southern Command sits in Doral, Florida just outside of Miami. Here you’ll find:
- U.S. Army South
- 12 Air Force (Air Forces Southern)
- U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South
- U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/4th Fleet
- Special Operations Command South
- Joint Task Force Bravo Soto Cano Air Base
- Joint Task Force Guantanamo
- Joint Interagency Task Force South
Frequently Asked Questions About U.S. Southern Command
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1. Where is U.S. Southern Command located?
U.S. Southern Command is located in Doral, Florida.
2. How close is U.S. Southern Command to the beach?
U.S. Southern Command is approximately 40 minutes from Miami Beach.
3. How many people are stationed at U.S. Southern Command?
U.S. Southern Command is a joint command uniting more than 1,200 servicemembers and civilian personnel across all branches of the military. It’s often referred to as SOUTHCOM.
4. How long has U.S. Southern Command been around?
U.S. Southern Command was founded as the U.S. Caribbean Defense Command in Panama during the early 20th century. It officially became the U.S. Southern Command in 1997.
5. How many gates does U.S. Southern Command have?
U.S. Southern Command has two gates. Gate 1 is on the east side of the base and is open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. It’s closed on weekends, holidays, and training days. Gate 2, on the west side of the base, is open 24/7.
6. What is the zip code for U.S. Southern Command?
The zip code for U.S. Southern Command is 33172. Other nearby zip codes include 33029, 33028, and 33027.
7. What is the BAH for U.S. Southern Command?
BAH for U.S. Southern Command ranges from $2418 for E-1 to $3174 for E-9 with dependents and $2652 for O-1 to $3828 for O-7 with dependents. See the housing section for more info.
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Base Location and Information
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U.S. Southern Command sits in Dural, Florida just outside Miami. Other nearby towns include Pembroke Pines, Miramar, Miami Gardens, North Miami, and Hialeah, FL. As to be expected, tourism is a booming industry in this region. With sunny days and beautiful beaches, people flock to Miami year-round. Navigating traffic is somewhat of an art as visitors flood the streets, so thoughtfully budgeting time for your commute, whether it's to work, school, or other commitments, is essential.
As a state with one of the highest numbers of military installations, you’ll find a handful of military installations within a short drive from U.S. Southern Command.
Nearby military installations:
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U.S. Southern Command does not have any arrival lodging.
For assistance, call the Housing Office at (305) 437-2664 / 2670 / 2636.
U.S. Southern Command Housing
There is no on-base housing available at U.S. Southern Command, however, you’re expected to contact the housing services office before committing to a lease in town.
U.S. AG-Miami Housing Services Office:
Hours: Monday through Friday 7am to 4pm.
- (305) 437-2664 / 2670 / 2636
U.S. Southern Command Off-Base Housing
Homes for sale and houses for rent near U.S. Southern Command - U.S. Southern Command Homes
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The cost of living in Miami County is higher than the national average, with housing being the largest expense. The median home value in this area is $463,409. With lots of traffic from locals and the number of tourists, traffic can feel chaotic in the Miami area. Commute time to U.S. Southern Command is a key factor when looking for a new home to settle.
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U.S. Southern Command BAH Information
The Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) is a U.S.-based allowance determined by geographic duty location, pay grade, and dependency status. It provides uniformed service members compensation based on housing costs in local civilian housing markets when government quarters are not provided. Learn more about your Basic Allowance for Housing.
U.S. Southern Command is near Miami, FL with many options to buy or rent. Some sample U.S. Southern Command BAH rates for zip code 33172:
- E-1 with dependents: $2,418
- E-1 without dependents: $1956
- E-9 with dependents: $3174
- E-9 without dependents: $2619
- O-1 with dependents: $2562
- O-1 without dependents: $2298
- O-7 with dependents: $3828
- O-7 without dependents: $3087
Area Weather & Climate
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Most days out of the year fair-weather people thrive here. Temps range from 62 degrees to 90 degrees throughout the year and rarely drop into the 50s. The summers get very hot, humid, and wet, while the winters remain short, mild, and a little windy.
The biggest concerns in the Miami area are flooding and hurricanes. Hurricane season stretches from June 1 through November 30. Learn more about hurricane preparedness here.
U.S. Southern Command Area Schools
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There are no schools located at U.S. Southern Command. Most military families who live near the base will fall within the Miami-Dade County Public School District. Get more info: Miami-Dade County Public Schools.
School Liaison Officer Contact Information:
9301 NW 33rd Street
2nd Floor E2007
Doral, FL 33172
Get information about private schools near U.S. Southern Command: Private School Review. Homeschooling families can learn how to comply with the Florida State Department of Education regarding students instructed at home.
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Support for Military & Families
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There are numerous higher education opportunities in the area, with many volunteer programs to connect with. Along with the rest of the country, unemployment rates rose in 2021 and as of December 2021, the unemployment rate in Miami was 3.2%.
Some of the area’s top employers:
- Baptist Health South Florida
- University of Miami
- American Airlines
- Florida Power & Light Company
- Carnival Cruise Lines
Looking to volunteer? Try these organizations:
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Higher education near U.S. Southern Command:
Other helpful links:
Things to Do Near U.S. Southern Command
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Miami Beach/South Beach: Miami Beach is the picture-perfect backdrop for more than a day basking in the sun. People travel from all over for the fun environment that Miami cultivates, like cafes, parks, nightclubs, ample fishing opportunities, fine dining, and more.
M.I.A. Beer Company: Easy to spot from anywhere, M.I.A Beer Company is big on vibrant presentation and flavor profiles. M.I.A is located in Doral, but you can find them on tap or in stores just about anywhere in Florida.
Perez Art Museum Miami: Highlighting the diverse background of the city, the Perez Art Museum is a great place to learn more about the local culture. Experience incredible exhibits, a waterfront restaurant, and a gift shop filled with handmade treasures.
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens: James Deering’s 1916 winter estate is the perfect setting to travel back to the Gilded Age. Tour this incredible piece of property with either the house or garden tours, or take a tour of the historic village yourself as you join the Vizcaya Village Farmers Market on Sundays.
City Place Doral: If you’re looking for one place to spend the day shopping, dining, and listening to live music, City Place Doral is it. Here, you’ll find upscale shopping, vibrant cuisine, and housing for those looking to call this fun atmosphere home.
Doral Central Park: Wonder where the community gathers for special events? The Doral Central Park is where you’ll find the Easter EGGstravanganza and Independence Day Celebration hosted. With 82 acres of green grass to stretch out and run around, this space is a family favorite.
Launch Trampoline Park: With trampoline courts, ninja courses, ziplines, and more, Launch Trampoline Park is sure to be a family favorite when stationed at U.S. Southern Command.
Blue Matisse Restaurant: The Blue Matisse Restaurant offers a unique dining experience as they balance sophistication with a relaxed atmosphere. Offering delicious dining from breakfast to dinner, it’s always a good time to stop by for a bite to eat. And don’t miss their fun events, such as holiday specials, happy hours, and theme nights.
Macondo Coffee: No place is ever really home until you locate the perfect coffee shop. Macondo Coffee works directly with farmers to ensure that each cup of coffee they serve is no less than perfect. In addition to a delicious cup of joe, you’ll find tasty breakfast sandwiches, smoothies, and more!
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