A Look Inside Donald Trump’s Cabinet

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Commander_U.S._Southern_Command_Gen._John_F._Kelly_U.S._Marine_Corps_briefs_the_media_in_the_Pentagon_on_March_20_2013_130320-D-TT977-044John Kelly (Secretary of Homeland Security)

John Francis Kelly (born May 11, 1950) is a retired United States Marine Corps general and the former commander of United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM), the Unified Combatant Command responsible for American military operations in Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Kelly previously served as the commanding general of the Multi-National Force—West in Iraq from February 2008 to February 2009, and as the commander of Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Forces North in October 2009. Kelly succeeded General Douglas M. Fraser as commander of USSOUTHCOM on November 19, 2012. Kelly was succeeded by Navy Admiral Kurt W. Tidd on January 14, 2016.