Distinguished SouthCom leader Gen. Bantz Craddock sees long future for military installation in South Florida
The outlook is good for the Pentagon's Southern Command to receive final approval to build an expanded facility on state land in Doral, says its commander, four-star Gen. Bantz Craddock.
Gov. Jeb Bush has offered the 45-acre plot for the state to build the headquarters and then lease it to SouthCom in a bid to keep the US military operations embracing 15 million square miles of Latin American and Caribbean territory in the Miami area. SouthCom is now in a leased building nearby in western Miami-Dade County.
Gen. Craddock - whose 33-year military career has included positions on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, leading a battalion into combat in the Gulf War and two years as Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's chief military aide - was interviewed by Miami Today international editor Michael Hayes.
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