The US task force in charge of the detention camps at Guantanamo Bay will soon have a new commander. The Pentagon announced on Friday that Rear Admiral Fernandez L. “Frank” Ponds will take over command of the Joint Task Force Guantanamo (JTF-GTMO).
JTF-GTMO is part of the US Southern Command and encompasses units from all the branches of the US military stationed at Guantanamo Bay. It is also in charge of the Guantanamo Bay detention camps for “enemy combatants” captured in Afghanistan and Iraq. There are currently 149 inmates inside the prison.
Admiral Ponds has commanded the San Diego-based Expeditionary Strike Group 3 since July 2013. His official biography says he was commissioned as a naval officer in 1983 and is a native of Alabama.