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Posted: Monday, August 25, 2014 2:12 pm

  Local community and civic leaders were shocked to learn earlier this week that Brigadier General Sean P. Mulholland, Commander, United States Special Operations Command South (SOCSOUTH) had resigned.

  A statement from Colonel John E. Poast, III, SOCSOUTH’s Acting Commander, stated “BG Mulholland is retiring for health and personal reasons. He relinquished command at the end of the day Friday. I will be the acting commander until the new CG arrives. Business will run as usual and there will be no impact to the community, or our support to the community.”

  Through the course of interviews with local civic and government leaders the evening of August 19, General Mulholland’s impact on our community during his tenure as commander was apparent.

  Mayor Jeff Porter echoed what many have said regarding how the U.S. Army officer had affected this community.

  “He was one of those rare persons that just came in and was head over heels in love with Homestead. He showed it every day. He was very connected to the community. He will be sorely missed. He was very present and active in our community, chamber functions, military functions, you saw him everywhere.” 

  Mayor Porter, who is also a former chairman of the HomesteadFloridaCity chamber of commerce’s Military Affairs Committee (MAC), expressed that it his hope that future SOCSOUTH Commanders will be just as involved in the Homestead community.

  Porter added that “Special Operations is a key component to the (Homestead) Air Base’s longevity. We want it to be successful.”

  MAC Community Engagement Task Force Chairman Carlos Batista recalled General Mulholland’s active participation with a MAC supported effort with the Homestead and South Dade Senior High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTCs).

  An extension of the group’s Ambassadors Program, he was one of the MAC members asked to be involved in its events and therefore saw Mulholland’s interaction with the JROTC cadets.

  “In Homestead he brought the best we have through the JROTC programs. With his officer and military personnel he mentored more than 200 JROTC cadets and gave them the best of examples in behavior and accomplishment.”

  Mr. Batista’s fellow MAC Member, Christopher Huss was also impressed by Mulholland’s efforts with the JROTC programs, expressing with a sense of admiration about “what he did with the JROTC units and the schools of the community. It was about supporting the students.” Huss asserted that General Mulholland “definitely connected the military to the community”.

  During his nearly two years as SOCSOUTH’s Commander, it was widely evident to civilian volunteers how highly Mulholland was held by U.S. Armed Forces service members and the outside community.

  In commenting that “his respect for all the people working with, under and for him brings the best in each of them in each interaction”, Mr. Batista’s views captured General Mulholland’s leadership. 

  Mulholland’s impact went beyond South Dade.

  In his late May address to the Chamber South membership, he left a lasting impression on SOCSOUTH’s mission and showed the South Miami-Dade and Kendall comprised business community his bonds with his fellow military service members.

  Past Chamber South Military Affairs Committee Chairman Phil Lyons recalled “one thing that struck me when he spoke was that you could see how emotional he was. He got so emotional talking about the service members that he forgot to talk about SOCSOUTH’s mission. He came off the stage and when I reminded him that he hadn’t talked about the mission, he went back to the podium to talk about it.”

  Reflecting on the speech that followed, Mr. Lyons, himself a U.S. military veteran, stated “the Chamber South membership came away knowing a lot about the SOCSOUTH mission. Most of them didn’t know about what it does. After his speech they came away with a better understanding of what they do.”

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