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4HeroesMedal of Honor recipients 7Bull Simons Award Recipients 8Commando Hall of Honor Inductees 910 HeadquartersOrganization 12Leadership 13Mission 1416 CommandsU.S. Army Special Operations CommandNaval Special Warfare CommandAir Force Special Operations CommandMarine Corps Forces Special Operations CommandJoint Special Operations CommandSpecial Operations Command - AfricaSpecial Operations Command - CentralSpecial Operations Command - EuropeSpecial Operations Command - KoreaSpecial Operations Command - NorthSpecial Operations Command - PacificSpecial Operations Command - SouthSpecial Operations Joint Task mentAircraft 46Maritime 50Ground 525458Day in the Life of SOF56 SOF TruthsThe Typical SOF Operator59 GlossaryUSSOCOM Fact Book - 20173

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KoreaArmy Master Sgt. Ola L. MizeVietnamCommand Sgt. Maj. Bennie AdkinsArmy Sgt. 1st Class Eugene Ashley, Jr.*Army Sgt. Gary B. BeikirchArmy Master Sgt. Roy P. BenavidezArmy Sgt. 1st Class William M. Bryant*Army Sgt. Brian L. Buker*Army Staff Sgt. Jon R. CavaianiArmy Staff Sgt. Drew D. DixArmy Capt. Roger H. C. DonlonAir Force Maj. Bernard F. FisherAir Force Capt. James P. FlemingArmy 1st Lt. Loren D. Hagen*Army Master Sgt. Charles E. Hosking, Jr.*Army 1st Lt. Robert L. HowardAir Force Lt. Col. Joe M. JacksonAir Force Col. William A. Jones IIIArmy Specialist 5th Class John J. Kedenburg*Navy Lt. j.g. (SEAL) Joseph R. KerreyArmy Specialist 4th Class Robert D. Law*Air Force Airman 1st Class John L. LevitowArmy Sgt. 1st Class Gary L. LittrellArmy Staff Sgt. Franklin D. MillerSgt. 1st Class Melvin MorrisNavy Lt. (SEAL) Thomas R. NorrisNavy Seaman David G. Ouellet*Army Staff Sgt. Robert J. Pruden*Army Staff Sgt. Laszlo Rabel*Army Capt. Ronald E. RayArmy Master Sgt. Jose RodelaArmy 1st Lt. George K. Sisler*Navy Engineman 2nd Class (SEAL) Michael E. ThorntonArmy Capt. Humbert R. Versace*Army 1st Lt. Charles Q. WilliamsNavy Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class James E. WilliamsArmy Sgt. Gordon D. Yntema*Army Sgt. 1st Class Fred W. ZabitoskySomaliaArmy Master Sgt. Gary I. Gordon*Army Sgt. 1st Class Randall D. Shughart*AfghanistanSenior Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Edward C. Byers Jr.Army Staff Sgt. Robert J. Miller*Navy Lt. (SEAL) Michael P. Murphy*Army Sgt. 1st Class Leroy A. PetryIraqPetty Officer 2nd Class (SEAL) Michael A. Monsoor** Awarded posthumouslyUSSOCOM Fact Book - 20177

Bull Simons AwardRecipientsThe Bull Simons Award was first awardedin 1990. The award recognizes recipientswho embody “the true spirit, values, andskills of a Special Operations warrior.” Col.Arthur “Bull” Simons, whom the award isnamed after, was the epitome of theseattributes. The Bull Simons Award isUSSOCOM’s highest honor.2016 Bull SimonsAward RecipientGen. Peter J.SchoomakerCommand Sgt. Maj. Richard Lamb - 2015Army Col. Robert Howard - 2014Army Chief Warrant Officer Fred Arooji - 2013Air Force Master Sgt. Scott Fales - 2012Army Maj. Gen. John Singlaub - 2011Army Maj. Gen. Eldon Bargewell - 2010Army Col. Chuck Fry - 2009Army Maj. Caesar Civitella -2008Air Force Col. John Carney -2007Army Maj. Richard “Dick” Meadows - 2006Army Maj. Gen. Richard Scholtes -2005Command Sgt. Maj. Ernest Tabata - 2004Air Force Brig. Gen. Harry Aderholdt - 2003Army Col. Charlie Beckwith - 2001Army Lt. Gen. William Yarborough -2000Air Force Maj. Gen. John Alison - 1999Army Gen. James Lindsay - 1998The Honorable William Cohen - 1997The Honorable Sam Nunn - 1997Air Force Lt. Gen. Leroy Manor - 1996Army Lt. Gen. Samuel Wilson - 1995Army Col. Aaron Bank - 1994The Honorable John Marsh Jr. - 1993Gen. Edward “Shy” Meyer - 1991Mr. H. Ross Perot -1990USSOCOM Fact Book - 20178

Commando Hall of HonorThe Hall of Honor was established in 2010 and recognizes those whohave served with great distinction and have demonstrated leadership andselfless service within the SOF community.2010Air Force Maj. Gen. John AlisonArmy Col. Aaron BankArmy Col. Charlie BeckwithMaster Chief Petty Officer Rudolph BoeschMarine Corps Maj. James CapersMarine Corps Brig. Gen. Evans CarlsonArmy Brig. Gen. William DarbyNavy Capt. David Del GuidiceCommand Sgt. Maj. William GrimesArmy Lt. Col. Michael GrimmRear Adm. Draper KauffmanChief Master Sgt. Michael LampeArmy Maj. Gen. Robert McClureAir Force Col. William Takacs2011Air Force Brig. Gen. Harry AderholtAir Force Col. John CarneyCommand Sgt. Maj. Galen KittlesonRear Adm. Irve LeMoyneMarine Corps Lt. Col. George O’DellNavy Capt. Norman OlsonMarine Corps Col. Peter OrtizMaster Chief Petty Officer James ParksArmy Maj. Larry ThorneChief Master Sgt. William WalterArmy Sgt. Maj. Billy WaughArmy Lt. Gen William Yarborough2014Army Sgt. Maj. Joseph BrauchAir Force Col. Phillip CochranMr. Richard LungerAir Force Lt. Gen. Leroy ManorAir Force Col. Kenneth PooleArmy Maj. Gen. Sidney Shachnow2015Air Force Maj. Gen. James L. Hobson, Jr.Army 1st Lt. Jack L. KnightAir Force Col. James H. KyleCommand Sgt. Maj. Richard LambMarine Corps Lt. Col. Terrence MooreMarine Corps Col. John W. RipleyArmy Col. Phillip R. StewartArmy Col. Lynn B. StullArmy Chief Warrant Officer Paul Zeisman2016Army Maj. Caesar CivitellaMarine Corps Col. Robert CoatesMarine Corps Master Sgt. John MosserAir Force Col. Billy “Rusty” NapierArmy Maj. Thomas Powell2012Air Force Master Sgt. Scott FalesArmy Maj. Gen. Robert FrederickArmy Maj. Gen. Frank MerrillChief Master Sgt. Wayne NorradChief Master Sgt. Gordon ScottArmy Brig. Gen. Russell Volckmann2013Army Chief Warrant Officer Fred AroojiArmy Col. Christopher CostaArmy Col. Jeffrey JonesUSSOCOM Fact Book - 20179

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Headquarters USSOCOMLocation - MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.Established - April 16, 1987Commander - U.S. Army Gen. Raymond A. Thomas IIIDeputy Commander - U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Joseph L. OstermanVice Commander - U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas J. TraskCommand Sergeant Major - Command Sgt. Maj. Patrick L. McCauleyRole- Provide fully capable Special Operations Forces to defend the United States and its interestsPeople - Headquarters approximately 2,500/Entire command nearly 70,000Headquarters StaffChief of Staff and Command Support Directorate - U. S. Air Force Maj. Gen. J. Marcus HicksSpecial Operations Forces Acquisition, Technology & Logistics - Mr. James Geurts- J4 Directorate of LogisticsSpecial Operations Financial Management - Mr. D. Mark PetersonForce Management Directorate - U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Kirk Smith- J1 Directorate of Personnel- J7/J9 Directorate of Training, Doctrine, and Capability Development- Preservation of the Force and FamiliesJ2 Directorate of Intelligence - U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Gary JohnstonJ3 Directorate of Operations - U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Daniel YooJ5 Directorate of Strategy, Plans and Policy - Mr. William MillerJ6 Directorate of Communications - Mr. John WilcoxJ8 Directorate of Force Structure, Requirements, Resources and Strategic Assessments U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Sean SwindellJoint Special Operations University - Dr. Brian A. MaherUSSOCOM Fact Book - 201712

U.S. Army Gen.Command Sgt. MajorRaymond A. Thomas IIIPatrick L. McCauleyCommand Sergeant MajorCommanderU.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen.U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen.Joseph L. OstermanThomas J. TraskDeputy CommanderVice CommanderUSSOCOM Fact Book - 201713

USSOCOM MissionUSSOCOM synchronizes the planning of Special Operations and provides Special OperationsForces to support persistent, networked and distributed Global Combatant Command operations inorder to protect and advance our Nation’s interests.What USSOCOM Does- Civil Affairs- Hostage Rescue and Recovery- Counterinsurgency- Military Information Support Operations- Counterterrorism- Security Force Assistance- Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction- Special Reconnaissance- Direct Action- Unconventional Warfare- Foreign Humanitarian Assistance- Preparation of the Environment- Foreign Internal DefenseTitle 10 Authorities- Develop Special Operations strategy,promotions, assignments, retention, trainingdoctrine and tacticsand professional military education- Prepare and submit budget proposals for- Ensure Special Operations Forces’ combatSpecial Operations Forcesreadiness- Exercise authority, direction and control over- Monitor Special Operations ForcesSpecial Operations expenditurespreparedness to carry out assigned missions- Train assigned forces- Develop and acquire Special Operations-- Conduct specialized courses of instructionpeculiar equipment, materiel, supplies and- Validate requirementsservices- Establish requirement priorities- Command and control of U.S.-based Special- Ensure interoperability of equipment andOperations Forcesforces- Provide Special Operations Forces to the- Formulate and submit intelligence supportgeographic combatant commandersrequirements- Activities specified by the President or- Monitor Special Operations officers’Secretary of DefenseUSSOCOM Fact Book - 201714

Direct ActionCivil AffairsMilitary Information SupportOperationsForeign Internal DefenseUnconventional WarfareUSSOCOM Fact Book - 201715

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CommanderLt. Gen. Kenneth E. TovoCommand Sergeant MajorCommand Sgt. Maj. Robert V. AbernethyWeb Addresswww.soc.milUSASOC is home to:- Special Forces (Green Berets)- Rangers- Special Operations Aviators- Civil Affairs Soldiers- Military Information Support Operators- Training Cadre- Sustainment SoldiersLocation: Fort Bragg, North CarolinaEstablished: Dec. 1, 1989Mission: To enhance the readiness of Army Special OperationsForces.People: Approximately 27,000USSOCOM Fact Book - 201718


Special ForcesSpecial Forces (Green Berets) unitsperform seven missions - unconventional warfare, foreign internaldefense, special reconnaissance,direct action, combating terrorism,and counter-proliferation. These missions make Special Forces uniquebecause they are employed in peacetime, conflict and war. The SpecialForces motto is “De Oppresso Liber- to Free the Oppressed.”RangersThe 75th Ranger Regiment is aunique Special Operations forcecomprised of the specially selectedand well-trained Soldiers constantlytested for the privilege of serving inthe Regiment. Rangers can conductlarge-scale Joint Forced Entryoperations or Special Operationsraids across the globe. The 75thRanger Regiment’s motto is“Rangers Lead The Way.”Army SpecialOperationsAviatorsThe 160th SOAR aviators are highlytrained and ready to accomplish thevery toughest rotary-wing missions inall environments, anywhere in theworld, day or night, with unparalleledprecision. The professionalism andcapabilities of Army SpecialOperations Aviation are developedthrough a “train as you fight” mentality.USSOCOM Fact Book - 201720

Civil AffairsSoldiersCivil Affairs units support militarycommanders by working with civilauthorities and civilian populationsin the commander’s area ofoperations during peacetime,contingency operations and war.Civil Affairs specialists identifycritical requirements needed bylocalcitizens in war or disastersituations.MilitaryInformationSupport OperatorsMISO cover a broad range of U.S.political, military, economic andideological activities used by theU.S. government to secure nationalobjectives. MISO units develop,produce and disseminate truthfulinformation to foreign audiences insupport of U.S. policies.Training CadreThe U.S. Army John F. KennedySpecial Warfare Center and Schoolassesses, trains, educates andmanages Soldiers within the SpecialForces, Military InformationSupport Operations and CivilAffairs career fields.SustainmentSoldiersSustainers are responsible forproviding logistical, medical andsignal support for Army SpecialOperations Forces worldwide insupport of contingency missionsand warfighting commanders.USSOCOM Fact Book - 201721

CommanderRear Adm. Tim SzymanskiForce Master ChiefMaster Chief Petty Officer (SEAL)Derrick A. WaltersWeb Addresswww.public.navy.mil/nswNAVSPECWARCOM is home to:- Sea, Air, Land (SEALs)- Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen (SWCC)- EnablersLocation: Coronado, CaliforniaEstablished: April 16, 1987Mission: Man, train, equip, educate, deploy, resource, and sustainforces to conduct direct action and special reconnaissance, supportadvise-and-assist programs, and build partner capability, in or out ofthe maritime environment, by employing tailored capabilities insupport of military commanders, Chiefs of Mission, interagency, andforeign partners and allies.People: Approximately 10,000USSOCOM Fact Book - 201722

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Sea, Air, Land (SEAL)The SEAL team is the heart of the NSW force; a multipurpose combat force organized and trained toconduct a variety of Special Operations missions in all environments. SEALs conduct clandestinemissions infiltrating their objective areas by fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, Navy surface ships,combatant craft, submarines and ground mobility vehicles.USSOCOM Fact Book - 201724

Special Warfare Combatant-craft CrewmenSpecial Boat Teams are manned by Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen who operate andmaintain state-of-the-art surface craft to conduct coastal patrol and interdiction and support SpecialOperations missions. Focusing on infiltration and exfiltration of SEALs and other SOF, SWCCsprovide dedicated rapid mobility in shallow water areas where larger ships cannot operate. They alsobring to the table a unique SOF capability: Maritime Combatant Craft Aerial Delivery System — theability to deliver combat craft via parachute drop.EnablersIf SEALs and SWCC are considered to be the action arms of NSW, then the Enablers are the backboneof the organization. SEALs rely heavily on the services of technicians such as mobile communicationsteams, tactical cryptologic support and explosive ordnance disposal specialists. Enablers contributeheavily toward the success of the special warfare operations mission.USSOCOM Fact Book - 201725

CommanderLt. Gen. Marshall B. WebbCommand ChiefChief Master Sgt. Gregory A. SmithWeb Addresswww.afsoc.af.milAFSOC is home to:Air Commandos- Special Tactics- Special Operations Aviators- Support Air CommandosLocation: Hurlburt Field, FloridaEstablished: May 22, 1990Mission: Provide our Nation’s specialized airpower capability acrossthe spectrum of conflict. Any place, any time, anywhere.Vision: Air Commandos. Ready today, relevant tomorrow, resilientalways.People: Approximately 19,500USSOCOM Fact Book - 201726

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Special TacticsCombat tical AirControl PartyAir Force Special Operations Command’sSpecial Tactics Airmen are highly-skilledoperators trained and equipped to operateunder difficult conditions with stealth, speed,and teamwork. Combat Controllers arecertified air traffic controllers trained toinfiltrate undetected via sea, air or land intocombat and hostile environments to establishassault zones or airfields, while simultaneously conducting air traffic control, firesupport, command and control, direct action,counter-terrorism, foreign internal defense,humanitarian assistance and specialreconnaissance. Pararescuemen, or PJs, arethe only Defense Department specialtyspecifically trained and equipped to conductconventional and unconventional recoveryoperations. Special Operations WeatherTeam members are Air Force meteorologistswith unique training to operate in hostile ordenied territory to assess environmental data,conduct environmental special reconnaissance, and forecast operational impacts.AFSOC Tactical Air Control Partymembers deploy with Special OperationsForces operating and supervising communication nets to support Army ground maneuver units. They are also certified in jointterminal attack control allowing them toorchestrate close air support. Lastly, theSpecial Operations Surgical Team is anextremely lightweight, mobile and rapidlydeployable element that provides highlyadvanced trauma life support, life-savingdamage-control surgery, pre/post-operativeresuscitation and critical care, and CASEVACaboard SOF aircraft and/or other opportune/civilian air, land or sea platforms.USSOCOM Fact Book - 201728

Special OperationsSurgical TeamSpecial OperationsAviatorsAir Force Special Operations Commandaviators are America’s specialized airpower. They fly a fleet of specially-modified aircraft -- mainly under the cover ofdarkness -- to conduct long-range infiltration and exfiltration; precision strike;aerial refueling; military informationsupport operations; foreign internaldefense; command and control; andintelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance anywhere in the world.Support Air CommandosAir Commandos hold true to a proudwarrior heritage. Serving in a variety ofmission support, maintenance and medicalcareer fields, they enable the AFSOCmission and ensure successful operationsanytime anyplace.USSOCOM Fact Book - 201729

CommanderMaj. Gen. Carl E. Mundy IIISergeant MajorSgt. Maj. Douglas B. SchaeferWeb Addresswww.marsoc.marines.milMARSOC is home to:- Crtitical Skills Operators- Special Operations Officers- Special Operations Capabilities Specialists- Special Operations Combat Services SpecialistsLocation: Camp Lejeune, North CarolinaEstablished: Feb. 24, 2006Mission: MARSOC’s mission is to train, sustain, and deploy scalable,expeditionary forces worldwide to accomplish special operationsmissions assigned by U.S. Special Operations Command. To accomplishthat, MARSOC equips and trains Marines to succeed in austereconditions against a wide range of adversaries. MARSOC executescomplex, distributed operations in uncertain environments, achievingsilent success and strategic impact.People: Nearly 3,000USSOCOM Fact Book - 201730

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Critical Skills Operators/Special OperationsOfficersCritical Skills Operators are the front line Marines and Sailors who are complex problem solversable to operate across the full spectrum of special operations in small teams under ambiguous,sometimes austere, environments while maintaining a high level of mental flexibility andphysical endurance. CSOs exemplify the Marine Corps’ concepts of distributed operations and thestrategic corporal. These warrior-diplomats are able to operate across the spectrum of force. Theyare experts in utilizing the right force at the right time with the right effect. MARSOC forcesprovide foreign internal defense, special reconnaissance, and direct action capabilities tocommanders.USSOCOM Fact Book - 201732

Special Operations Capabilities and Combat ServicesSpecialistsSpecial Operations Capabilities Specialists include Joint Terminal Attack Controllers who call in closeair support aircraft and indirect fires for Marine special operations teams; communicators, who plan,install, operate, maintain and protect organic narrowband, voice, video and data radios, terminals andservices in support of assigned missions; intelligence enablers who provide geospatial, human andsignals intelligence; and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technicians. Special Operations CombatService Support Specialists provide intrinsic combat service support and logistics capabilitiesincluding administrative, fiscal, medical, engineer, ammunition and supply.USSOCOM Fact Book - 201733

Established Oct. 22, 1980Commander - U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Austin S. MillerSenior Enlisted Advisor - Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey W. WrightThe Joint Special Operations Command, located at Fort Bragg, North Carolina,is a sub-unified command of the U.S. Special Operations Command. It is charged to studySpecial Operations requirements and techniques, ensure interoperability and equipmentstandardization, plan and conduct Special Operations exercises and training, and developjoint Special Operations tactics.USSOCOM Fact Book - 201734

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