U.S. Army South Welcomes New Commander
By Dialogo September 19, 2012
Major General Frederick S. Rudesheim assumed command of U.S. Army South from Major General Simeon G. Trombitas during a change of command ceremony on September 14, at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
Rudesheim took over command of Army South following an assignment as the deputy director for joint and coalition warfighting, joint civil-military operations, Joint Staff in Suffolk, Virginia.
Air Force General Douglas Fraser, commander of U.S. Southern Command, hosted the ceremony. “Gen. Rudesheim brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of the region and is ready to build the strong relationships that Simeon has built during his time here,” Fraser said. “Fred is ready to lead this command to new heights. He brings the right mix of experience leadership regional insight and vision to this important job.”
Rudesheim was born and raised in Panama, where he lived for 18 years before leaving for college. He is a 1981 Army Reserve Officer Training Corps graduate of the University of Texas.
U.S. Army South is the Army Service Component Command of U.S. Southern Command.
SOUTHCOM’s area of responsibility encompasses 31 countries and 15 areas of special sovereignty in Central and South America, and the Caribbean Coast.