Classified Session

On Friday, April 17 (Conference Day 3), the 21st Annual Science & Engineering Technology Conference will feature a classified session, held at The United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) Headquarters building. This session is classified as Secret U.S. Level; you must be a U.S. Citizen holding a secret clearance or higher. 


Please register for this optional classified session by checking the appropriate box when registering online or on your registration form.


Buses will provided to transport attendees between the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Miami Airport & Convention Center and USSOUTHCOM. Visit the Bus Schedule page for more information.

Submission Deadlines

All visitors must have their security office certify their security clearance via one of the accepted methods. To ensure access on the date of your visit please have your clearance sent no later than two weeks before the impending visit, Friday, April 17, 2020.

DEADLINE: All visits must be submitted no later than April 3, 2020 – no exceptions.

Non-CAC Card Holders

If you do not have a CAC Card, please email Meeting Manager Andrea Lane,, for the Background Security Check form. Please complete questions 1-12 accurately and in its entirety and return to Ms. Lane by Friday, March 27, 2020.

NOTE: The Background Security Check form only provides access onto SOUTHCOM base; please submit your security clearance via one of the accepted submissions below.

Accepted Visit Certification Methods via JPAS

Visit certifications can be sent via JPAS to SMO Code W096AA7. The member JPAS personnel summary must have an owning relationship from the organization sending the visit certification, the certification will not be accepted if they do not have an owning relationship. Also, ensure the JPAS summary is up to date and contains all accesses that the visitor will need.

Non-JPAS Access

If your organization does not have JPAS access, visit certifications can be faxed, emailed, or sent through M3 messaging. Visit certification sent via fax and email must be hand signed by the visitor’s security office. Security certifications sent via those alternate channels must contain the following information:

  • Personnel Identifying Information (Name, SSN, Rank/Service, DOB, POB, Citizenship)
  • Organization of Assignment
  • Clearance Information (Type of Investigation and Closed Date, Clearance Level and Accesses, Eligibility Date and Granting Agency)
  • Date and Purpose of Visit
    • Date: Friday, April 17, 2020
    • Purpose: Attendance at the Science & Engineering Conference
  • USSOUTHCOM POC (Name and Phone Number)
    • Andrew Higier: 305-437-1894
    • Alyss Perez: 305-437-1407
    • Chris Thomas: 305-437-2411


Fax Numbers: DSN 567-2909 / Commercial (305) 437-2909


If investigation is out of date (over 10 years for SECRET or over 7 years for TOP SECRET), include date Periodic Reinvestigation was submitted. If visitor is out-of-scope, and no periodic reinvestigation has been submitted, the visitor may be denied access to the facility.

USSOUTHCOM has badge reciprocity agreements with JIATF-South, ARSOUTH, NAVSOUTH, SOCSOUTH AND JTF-GTMO. Members of these organizations do not need to submit visit certifications; they may exchange their organization’s (non-visitor) security badge for a USSOUTHCOM security badge upon arrival. Certifications MUST be submitted for CONTRACTORS or personnel who do not bring their organization’s security picture badge.

Please contact the USSOUTHCOM Security Services Center to coordinate and verify receipt of clearance and access certifications at DSN 567-2350/2200 or commercial (305) 437-2350/2200.

For further inquiries, feel free to contact the Security Help Desk, (305) 437-2345.

Prohibited Items
Attendees will not be allowed to take briefcases, bags, electronic devices, or other personal property into auditoriums excluding woman’s handbags; however, handbags will be inspected upon entry into all sessions. An electronic device is defined to include cell phones, two-way radios, AM/FM radios, personal digital assistants (PDAs) such as tablets, palm pilots, Fitbits, Smart Watches, and blackberries; laptop computers; cameras; video/audio recording equipment, pagers, or any other transmitting device.