Table of ContentsHeroes 4Medal of Honor Recipients 6Bull Simons Award Recipients 8Commando Hall of Honor Inductees 9Headquarters 10Organization 12Leadership 13Mission 14Commands 16USSOCOM and Component Map 18U.S. Army Special Operations Command 20Naval Special Warfare Command 24Air Force Special Operations Command 28Marine Corps Forces Special Operations CommandJoint Special Operations Command 36Special Operations Command - Africa 37Special Operations Command - Central 38Special Operations Command - Europe 39Special Operations Command - Korea 40Special Operations Command - North 41Special Operations Command - Pacific 42Special Operations Command - South 43Theater Special Operations Commands Map 44Equipment 46Aircraft 48Maritime 52Ground 54SOF Truths 57The SOF Operator 58Glossary 5932This is a U.S. Special Operations Command publicaU.S. Army Col. Curtis Kelloggtion. The content is edited, prepared and provided bySpecial OperationsOffice of Communication Director the USSOCOM Office of Communication, 7701 TampaPoint Blvd., MacDill AFB, Fla., 33621. An electronicMichael BottomsManaging Editorcopy can be found at E-mail the editor via unclassified network [email protected] USSOCOM Fact Book2

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World War IU.S. Army Maj. Gen. William DonovanWorld War IIU.S. Marine Corps Maj. Kenneth D. BaileyU.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Merrit A. EdsonU.S. Marine Corps Pfc. Henry GurkeU.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Clyde ThomasonU.S. Army Lt. Jack L. KnightKoreaU.S. Army Master Sgt. Ola L. MizeU.S. Army Col. Ralph Puckett, Jr.VietnamU.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie AdkinsU.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Eugene Ashley, Jr.U.S. Army Sgt. Gary B. BeikirchU.S. Army Master Sgt. Roy P. BenavidezU.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class William M. BryantU.S. Army Sgt. Brian L. BukerU.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jon R. CavaianiU.S. Army Staff Sgt. Drew D. DixU.S. Army Capt. Roger H. C. DonlonU.S. Air Force Maj. Bernard F. FisherU.S. Air Force Capt. James P. FlemingU.S. Army 1st Lt. Loren D. HagenU.S. Army Master Sgt. Charles E. Hosking, Jr.U.S. Army Col. Robert L. HowardU.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Joe M. JacksonU.S. Air Force Col. William A. Jones IIIU.S. Army Specialist 5th Class John J. KedenburgU.S. Navy Lt. j.g. (SEAL) Joseph R. KerreyU.S. Army Specialist 4th Class Robert D. LawU.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class John L. LevitowU.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Gary L. LittrellU.S. Army Staff Sgt. Franklin D. MillerU.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Melvin MorrisU.S. Navy Lt. (SEAL) Thomas R. NorrisU.S. Navy Seaman David G. OuelletU.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert J. PrudenU.S. Army Staff Sgt. Laszlo RabelU.S. Army Lt. Col. Ronald E. RayU.S. Army Master Sgt. Jose RodelaU.S. Army Capt. Gary M. RoseU.S. Army 1st Lt. George K. SislerU.S. Navy Engineman 2nd Class (SEAL) Michael E. ThorntonU.S. Army Capt. Humbert R. VersaceU.S. Army 1st Lt. Charles Q. WilliamsU.S. Navy Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class James E. WilliamsU.S. Army Sgt. Gordon D. YntemaU.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Fred W. ZabitoskySomaliaU.S. Army Master Sgt. Gary I. GordonU.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Randall D. ShughartAfghanistanU.S. Navy Master Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Edward C. Byers Jr.U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Christopher A. CelizU.S. Air Force Master Sgt. John ChapmanU.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert J. MillerU.S. Navy Lt. (SEAL) Michael P. MurphyU.S. Army Master Sgt. Leroy A. PetryU.S. Army Master Sgt. Earl PlumleeU.S. Navy Master Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Britt SlabinskiU.S. Army Staff Sergeant Ronald J. Shurer IIU.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Matthew O. WilliamsIraqU.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class (SEAL) Michael A. MonsoorU.S. Army Sgt. Major Thomas P. Payne2022 USSOCOM Fact Book7

Bull Simons AwardRecipientsThe Bull Simons Award was firstawarded in 1990. The award recognizesrecipients who embody “the true spirit,values, and skills of a special operationswarrior.” Col. Arthur “Bull” Simons,whom the award is named after, was theepitome of these attributes. The BullSimons Award is USSOCOM’s highesthonor.2021 Bull SimonsAward RecipientU.S. Army Sgt. Maj.Mel WickU.S. Army Maj. Gen. Sydney Shachnow - 2020U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Dennis Wolfe - 2018U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Michael Lampe - 2017U.S. Army Gen. Peter Schoomaker - 2016U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Richard Lamb - 2015U.S. Army Col. Robert Howard - 2014U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer Fred Arooji - 2013U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Scott Fales - 2012U.S. Army Maj. Gen. John Singlaub - 2011U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Eldon Bargewell - 2010U.S. Army Col. Chuck Fry - 2009U.S. Army Maj. Caesar Civitella - 2008U.S. Air Force Col. John Carney - 2007U.S. Army Maj. Richard “Dick” Meadows - 2006U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Richard Scholtes -2005U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Ernest Tabata - 2004U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Harry Aderholdt - 2003U.S. Army Col. Charlie Beckwith - 2001U.S. Army Lt. Gen. William Yarborough - 2000U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. John Alison - 1999U.S. Army Gen. James Lindsay - 1998The Honorable William Cohen - 1997The Honorable Sam Nunn - 1997U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Leroy Manor - 1996U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Samuel Wilson - 1995U.S. Army Col. Aaron Bank - 1994The Honorable John Marsh Jr. - 1993U.S. Army Gen. Edward “Shy” Meyer - 1991Mr. H. Ross Perot - 19902022 USSOCOM Fact Book8

Commando Hall of HonorThe Hall of Honor was established in 2010 and recognizesthose who have served with great distinction and have demonstrated leadership and selfless service within the specialoperations forces U.S.U.S.U.S.U.S.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 GuidiceArmy Command Sgt. Maj. William GrimesArmy Lt. Col. Michael GrimmNavy Rear Adm. Draper KauffmanAir Force Chief Master Sgt. Michael LampeArmy Maj. Gen. Robert McClureAir Force Col. William U.S.2011Air Force Brig. Gen. Harry AderholtAir Force Col. John CarneyCommand Sgt. Maj. Galen KittlesonNavy Rear Adm. Irve LeMoyneMarine Corps Lt. Col. George O’DellNavy Capt. Norman OlsonMarine Corps Col. Peter OrtizMaster Chief Petty Officer James ParksArmy Maj. Larry ThorneAir Force Chief Master Sgt. William WalterArmy Sgt. Maj. Billy WaughArmy Lt. Gen. William YarboroughU.S.U.S.U.S.U.S.U.S.U.S.2012Air Force Master Sgt. Scott FalesArmy Maj. Gen. Robert FrederickArmy Maj. Gen. Frank MerrillAir Force Chief Master Sgt. Wayne NorradAir Force Chief Master Sgt. Gordon ScottArmy Brig. Gen. Russell ir Force Maj. Gen. James L. Hobson, Jr.Army 1st Lt. Jack L. KnightAir Force Col. James H. KyleArmy Command 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 ZeismanU.S.U.S.U.S.U.S.U.S.2016Army Maj. Caesar CivitellaMarine Corps Col. Robert CoatesMarine Corps Master Sgt. John MosserAir Force Col. Billy “Rusty” NapierArmy Maj. Thomas Powell2017U.S. Army Lt. Col. Herbert AvedonU.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. BruceBrandewieU.S. Army Capt. Wade Y. IshimotoU.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. HarryMcCommonsU.S. Army Master Sgt. Michael A. PelaezU.S. Army Col. Christopher E. St. JohnU.S. Army Brig. Gen. Joseph R. UlatoskiU.S.U.S.U.S.U.S.U.S.U.S.2018Army Maj. Raymond P. AmbrozakArmy Gen. Bryan D. BrownNavy Capt. (SEAL) Charles HeronAir Force Col. William J. KornitzerArmy Gen. Stanley A. McChrystalArmy Maj. Gen. James E. Rudder2019U.S. Army Lt. Col. Leif BangsbollMrs. Virginia HallU.S. Army Col. Charles R. MunskeU.S. Navy Command Master Chief (SEAL)Richard M. Rogers2013U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer Fred AroojiU.S. Army Col. Christopher CostaU.S. Army Col. Jeffrey Jones2014U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Joseph BrauchU.S. Air Force Col. Phillip CochranMr. Richard LungerU.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Leroy ManorU.S. Air Force Col. Kenneth PooleU.S. Army Maj. Gen. Sidney Shachnow2022 USSOCOM Fact Book9

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Headquarters USSOCOMRole - Organize, train, equip and provide fully capable special operations forces to defend the UnitedStates and its interests.Personnel - Entire command more than 70,000Location - MacDill Air Force Base, FloridaEstablished - April 16, 1987Commander - U.S. Army Gen. Richard D. ClarkeDeputy Commander - U.S. Navy Vice Adm. (SEAL) Vice Adm. Collin P. GreenVice Commander - U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Tony D. BauernfeindSenior Enlisted Leader - U.S. Air Force Command Chief Master Sgt. Gregory A. SmithHeadquarters StaffChief of Staff - U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Marcus S. EvansJ1 Directorate of Personnel - U.S. Army Col. Kelly K. SteeleJ2 Directorate of Intelligence - U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Nicholas M. HomanJ3 Directorate of Operations - U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen.Vincent K. BecklundJ4 Directorate of Logistics - U.S. Army Col. Derek K. JansenJ5 Directorate of Strategy, Plans and Policy - Ms. Kimberly C. FieldJ6 Directorate of Communications - Mr. Peter J. TragakisJ8 Directorate of Force Structure, Requirements, Resources and Strategic Assessments U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Benjamin R. MaitreJ10 Directorate Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction - U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Bradley J. AndrosSpecial Operations Forces Acquisition, Technology & Logistics - Mr. James H. SmithSpecial Operations Financial Management - Mr. Mark D. PetersonJoint Special Operations University - Dr. Isaiah WilsonDeputy Commander for Mobilization and Reserve Affairs - U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Thomas R. Bouchard2022 USSOCOM Fact Book12

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USSOCOM MissionUSSOCOM develops and employs fully capable special operations forces to conduct global specialoperations and activities as part of the joint force to support persistent, networked and distributedcombatant command operations and campaigns against state and non-state actors to protect andadvance U.S. policies and objectives.USSOCOM Priorities- Compete and win for the nation- Preserve and grow readiness- Innovate for future threats- Advance partnerships- Strengthen our force and familyWhat USSOCOM Does- Civil Affairs- Foreign Internal Defense- Counterinsurgency- Hostage Rescue and Recovery- Counterterrorism- Military Information Support Operations- Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction- Security Force Assistance- Direct Action- Special Reconnaissance- Foreign Humanitarian Assistance- Unconventional WarfareTitle 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- Monitor special operations forces’over special 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 defense2022 USSOCOM Fact Book14

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Web Address www.soc.milUSASOC is home to:CommanderLt. Gen. Jonathan P. Braga- Special Forces (Green Berets)- Rangers- Special Operations Aviators- Civil Affairs Soldiers- Psychological Operations Units- Training Cadre- Sustainment SoldiersCommand Sergeant MajorLocation: Fort Bragg, North CarolinaCommand Sgt. Maj.Established: Dec. 1, 1989Michael R. WeimerMission: The United States Army Special Operations Commandmans, trains, equips, educates, organizes, sustains, and supportsforces to conduct special operations across the full range of militaryoperations and spectrum of conflict in support of joint forcecommanders and interagency partners, to meet theater and nationalobjectives.People: Approximately 35,0002022 USSOCOM Fact Book20


Special ForcesSpecial Forces (Green Berets) unitsperform unconventional warfare,foreign internal defense, specialreconnaissance, direct action, combating terrorism, and counter-proliferation. These missions make SpecialForces unique because they are employed in peacetime, conflict andwar. The Special Forces motto is “DeOppresso Liber - to Free the Oppressed.”RangersThe 75th Ranger Regiment is aunique special operations forcecomprised of specially selected andwell-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 SpecialOperationsAviatorsArmy special operations aviators arehighly trained and ready to accomplish the very toughest rotary-wingmissions in all environments,anywhere in the world, day or night,with unparalleled precision. Theprofessionalism and capabilities ofArmy Special Operations Aviationare developed through a “train as youfight” mentality.2022 USSOCOM Fact Book22

Civil AffairsSoldiersCivil Affairs units support militarycommanders by working with civilauthorities and civilian populations contingency operations and war.Civil affairs specialists identifycritical requirements needed by localcitizens in war or disaster situations.PsychologicalOperations UnitsThese units consist of Psychological Operations forces that conductmilitary information support operations, civil authorities informationsupport, and military deception thatsupport a broad range of U.S. political, military, economic andideological activities used by thegovernment to secure nationalobjectives. PSYOP 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 School,the Special Operations Center ofExcellence, assesses, selects, trains,educates and manages Soldierswithin the Special Forces, psychological operations and civil affairscareer fields.SustainmentSoldiersSustainers are responsible forproviding logistical, medical andsignal support for Army SpecialOperations Forces worldwide insupport of contingency missionsand warfighting commanders.2022 USSOCOM Fact Book23

Web Adm. H. Wyman Howard IIINAVSPECWARCOMis home to:- Sea, Air, Land (SEALs)- Special Warfare Combatant-craftCrewmen (SWCC)- EnablersForce Master ChiefLocation: Coronado, CaliforniaMaster Chief Petty Officer (SEAL)William A. KingEstablished: 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 10,5002022 USSOCOM Fact Book24

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(SEAL) Sea, Air, LandThe 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.2022 USSOCOM Fact Book26

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.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, explosive ordnance disposal specialists and medical support.Enablers contribute heavily toward the success of the special warfare operations mission.2022 USSOCOM Fact Book27

Web is home to:CommanderLt. Gen. James C. SlifeAir Commandos- Special Tactics- Special Operations Aviators- Support Air CommandosLocation: Hurlburt Field, FloridaCommand ChiefChief Master Sgt. Cory M. OlsonEstablished: 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 16,8002022 USSOCOM Fact Book28

Air ForceSpecial Operations CommandHurlburt Field, FL1st SpecialOperations WingHurlburt Field, FL24th SpecialOperations WingHurlburt Field, FL27th SpecialOperations WingCannon AFB, NM137th SpecialOperations Wing(ANG)OK City, OK352nd SpecialOperations WingRAF Mildenhall,UK492nd SpecialOperations WingHurlburt Field, FL919th SpecialOperations Wing(AFRC)Duke Field, FL353rd SpecialOperations WingKadena AB,Japan2022 USSOCOM Fact Book29193rd SpecialOperations Wing(ANG)Harrisburg, PA

Special TacticsSpecial Tactics Airmen are the Air Force’sground special operations component.With more than 650 combat missionsupport Airmen and 1,000 Special Tacticsoperators in 29 locations, our operators areexperts in global access, precision strike,personnel recovery and battlefield surgeryoperations. Global access - Special Tacticsteams can assess, open, and control majorairfields to clandestine dirt strips in eitherpermissive or hostile locations, providingstrategic access for our nation’s military.Special Tactics ensures U.S. and alliednations can access man-made and naturallycontested, degraded and operationallychallenged environments, providingoptions for assault and power projection.Battlefield surgery - Special OperationsSurgical Teams’ proximity to the fight andability to conduct high-level surgicaloperations in austere environments saveslives, builds relationships with the localpopulace and provide psychologicalstability for joint and allied forces combatting the enemy. Personnel recovery Special Tactics teams have the ability toconduct personnel recovery missions, fromrapid mission planning to technical rescue,treatment and exfiltration. With in-depthmedical and rescue expertise, along withtheir deployment capabilities, ST Airmenare able to perform rescue missions in theworld's most remote areas. Precisionstrike - Special Tactics Airmen are highlytrained in kinetic and non-kinetic precisionstrike—from coordinating with aircraft todirect accurate munitions to humanitarianaid drops from the veryPrecisionstrike2022 USSOCOM Fact Book30

Special OperationsAviatorsAir Force Special Operations Commandaviators are America’s specialized airpower. They fly a fleet of specially-modified aircraft – in permissive, contested,denied, or politically sensitive locations asmissions dictate – to conduct long-rangeinfiltration and exfiltration; non-standardaviation; precision strike; aerial refueling;military information support operations;foreign internal defense; command andcontrol; and intelligence, surveillance, andreconnaissance anywhere in the world.Combat AviationAdvisorsCombat Aviation Advisors (CAAs) are AirCommandos responsible for the conduct ofspecial operations activities by, with, andthrough foreign aviation forces. CAAs aretasked to carry out Foreign Internal Defense, Security Force Assistance, and Unconventional Warfare missions on behalfof USSOCOM. They are trained in a widerange of specialized skills that they use tocarry out SOF Mobility, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, AgileStrike, and Surface Integration. When directed, USSOCOM employs mission- tailored Operational Aviation Detachments(OAD) to support combatant commanders'regional objectives.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 operationsany place any time . anywhere.2022 USSOCOM Fact Book31

Web Addresswww.marsoc.marines.milCommanderMaj. Gen. James F. GlynnMARSOC is home to:- Critical Skills Operators/Special OperationsOfficers- Special Operations Independent Duty Corpsmen- Special Operations Capabilities Specialists- Combat Service Support SpecialistsCommand Sergeant MajorSgt. Maj. Anthony J. LoftusLocation: Camp Lejeune, North CarolinaEstablished: Feb. 24, 2006Mission: Marine Forces Special Operations Command is made up ofmore than 120 military occupational specialties encompassed within theMARSOC Headquarters, Marine Raider Training Center, Marine RaiderSupport Group, and Marine Raider Regiment all working together tosupport special operations. Through specialized and advanced training,MARSOC builds upon the Raiders’ unique attributes and ethos asMarines to produce agile, scalable, fully-enabled, and responsive SOF,comprised of operators and SOF-specific combat support and combatservice support specialists. MARSOC formations are task organized forevery assigned mission. Marine Raiders leverage their robust missioncommand and fused operations and intelligence down to the team level tosucceed in distributed environments, and enable partners at the tacticaland operational levels of war. MARSOC provides supported commanders with full-spectrum special operations capabilities to combat complextransregional problemsPeople: Approximately 3,5002022 USSOCOM Fact Book32

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Critical Skills Operators/Special Operations OfficersCritical Skills Operators and Special Operations Officers are assessed, selected and trained to solvecomplex problems and to operate across the full spectrum of special operations under ambiguous,sometimes austere, environments while maintaining a high level of mental flexibility and physicalendurance. CSOs exemplify the Marine Corps’ concepts of distributed operations and decentralizedleadership. They are experts in utilizing the right force, at the right time, with the right effect. With tightknit teams of agile, adaptable operators, MARSOC punches well above its weight class.Special Operations Independent Duty CorpsmanSpecial Operations Independent Duty Corpsman are full time enlisted special operations medicalproviders within the MARSOC and SOCOM enterprise. They are mission critical members of theMarine special operations team, proficient in the core skills, and in advanced medical skills as definedby USSOCOM, providing tactical, medical and operational services across the full spectrum of specialoperations. They serve as the embedded medical subject matter expert for amphibious and groundreconnaissance, surface and subsurface maritime operations, airborne operations, direct action, specialreconnaissance, maritime interdiction, foreign internal defense, irregular and unconventional warfareas a non-physician provider, independent of a medical officer.2022 USSOCOM Fact Book34

Special Operations Capabilities SpecialistsSpecial 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; Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technicians, and multipurpose canine handlers whoemploy canines in support of special operations. SOCS are assigned to billets at the team, company,and battalion levels. Upon assignment to MARSOC, Marines attend the SOF Training Course, Survival,Evasion, Resistance, and Escape, and advanced SOF-specific MOS training. Upon completion of thistraining, enlisted Marines are designated SOCS and awarded the 8071 MOS. This program is designedto equip high-performing Marines with additional skills and concepts required to be effective inspecial operations. SOCS are assigned to MARSOC for five-year tour lengths and are eligible foradditional career-enhancing opportunities within the special operations community.Combat Service Support SpecialistsCombat Service Support Specialists serve one standard tour with MARSOC in their primary MOSproviding intrinsic combat service support and logistics capabilities, including administrative, fiscal,medical, engineer, ammunition and supply.2022 USSOCOM Fact Book35

Commander - U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Bryan P. FentonSenior Enlisted Leader - Command Sgt. Maj. Craig A. BishopEstablished - Oct. 22, 1980The Joint Special Operations Command, located at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, isa sub-unified command of the U.S. Special Operations Command. JSOC prepares assigned, attached and augmented forces and, when directed, conducts special operations against threats toprotect the homeland and U.S. interests abroad.2022 USSOCOM Fact Book36

Commander - U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Milton J. Sands IIISenior Enlisted Leader - Command Sgt. Maj. Michael D. AlbaughEstablished - Oct. 1, 2008MissionSOCAFRICA is a sub-unified command of USSOCOM under operational control of United StatesAfrica Command, with headquarters in Kelley Barracks, Stuttgart-Mohringen, Germany. SubordinateSOCAFRICA organizations include: Special Operations Task Force -East Africa, Special OperationsTask Force - North West Africa, Naval Special Warfare Unit 10, Joint Special Operations AirComponent Africa, and SOCAFRICA Signal Detachment. Commander SOCAFRICA serves as theSpecial Operations Advisor to commander, USAFRICOM. SOCAFRICA's primary responsibility is toexercise operational control over theater-assigned or allocated Air Force, Army, Marine, or Navy special operations forces conducting operations, exercises, and theater security cooperation in theUSAFRICOM area of responsibility.Command VisionSOCAFRICA conducts the full spectrum of SOF missions and closely works with component, interagency and partner nations to protect U.S. lives and interests in Africa. The command builds tactical andoperational counter-VEO (violent extremist organization) capability in select, key partner nations andassists in developing regional security structures to create stability and combat transregional threats.SOCAFRICA activities directly support USAFRICOM’s four theater strategic objectives of defeatingVEOs, developing persistent access to partner nations through SOF engagement, building partner nation and regional capacity that promotes stability, and mitigating the underlying conditions that permitviolent extremism.Area of FocusThe African continent is large and diverse, three and one-half times the size of the United States, with54 countries spanning 11 million square miles. SOCAFRICA is routinely engaged, on average, in halfof these countries, working with and through our African counterparts.Major EngagementFlintlock is an exercise focused on improving military interoperability and capacity building ofparticipating militaries from Northern and Western Africa, Europe and the United States.2022 USSOCOM Fact Book37

Commander - U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Frank M. BradleySenior Enlisted Leader - Master Gunnery Sgt. Andrew D. McCurryEstablished - Dec. 1, 1983MissionSOCCENT, in partnership with interagency and international partners, supports CENTCOM’s andSOCOM’s objectives by employing special operations to deter and degrade malign actors, influencerelevant populations, and enhance regional partners to protect U.S. national interests and maintainregional stability. When directed, SOCCENT employs special operations forces for contingency andcrisis response.Command VisionAssist commander, USCENTCOM in strengthening regional stability and protecting U.S. interests.SOCCENT will employ a combination of SOF core activities, engagements, and posture inconjunction with interagency partners, other CENTCOM components, and partner nation’s SOF andcounterterrorism forces. Expand the capabilities of regional SOF and CT forces and provide them withenhanced capabilities while influencing relevant target populations. These actions counter threats andmaintain our deep understanding of the environment, enabling us to achieve our assigned tasks. We willrelentlessly empower our people with rich information and decentralized authority in a networkedenterprise that’s constantly improving in speed, agility, and effectiveness. We succeed in our missionby making effective and sustained contributions toward CENTCOM and SOCOM’s desired end states.Area of FocusSOCCENT’s area of focus includes 20 countries. These countries include Afghanistan, Bahrain, Egypt,Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, SaudiArabia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirat

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