US Secretary of Defense Lloyd. J. Austin III and Gen. Laura J. Richardson, commander of US Southern Command, arrive at SOUTHCOM headquarters, July 25, 2022. Photo: Chad J. McNeeley/DoD.

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd. J. Austin III and Gen. Laura J. Richardson, commander of US Southern Command, arrive at SOUTHCOM headquarters, July 25, 2022. Photo: Chad J. McNeeley/DoD.