Joseph Votel

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Joseph L. Votel III
LTG Joseph Votel official portrait.png
Lieutenant General Joseph Votel
Born (1958-02-14) February 14, 1958 (age 56)
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch United States Department of the Army Seal.svg United States Army
Years of service 1980–present
Rank US-O9 insignia.svg Lieutenant general
Commands held
  • 2nd battary 3rd battalion 24th ID
Awards

Joseph L. Votel is a lieutenant general in the United States Army and the former Special Operations Command Chief of Staff. In June 2011, Votel succeeded Admiral William McRaven as the commander of the Joint Special Operations Command.[1][2][3][4]

Early career[edit]

Votel attended the United States Military Academy and was commissioned in 1980. He began his career as a Rifle Platoon Leader, later becoming the Executive Officer, A Company, later S-1 (Personnel), moving up to Commander, A Company, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry, 3d Infantry Division, United States Army Europe and Seventh Army, Germany.

Other assignments include: Small Groups Tactics Instructor, United States Army Infantry School, Fort Benning, Georgia; Plans/Liaison Officer, later S-3 (Plans), 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Georgia, and Operation Just Cause, Panama; Staff Officer, Contingency Initiatives Branch, Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff, Plans and Policy, Allied Forces Southern Europe, Naples, Italy and NATO Peace Implementation Force (IFOR), Sarajevo; Commander, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Georgia, and Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq.

General Officer[edit]

As a general officer, he served as Deputy Director, Joint IED Defeat Organization, Office of the Deputy Secretary of Defense, Washington, DC. He also served as Deputy Commanding General (Operations), 82d Airborne Division/Deputy Commanding General (Operations), Combined Joint Task Force 76, Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan, and, most recently, Deputy Commanding General, Joint Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Education[edit]

His military schools include Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, United States Army Command and General Staff College, and the United States Army War College.

Awards and decorations[edit]

Distinguished Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Superior Service Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze Star Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Joint Service Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster
Army Commendation Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Achievement Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Superior Unit Award
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Service Star
Arrowhead
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with Bronze Arrowhead Device
Bronze star
Southwest Asia Service Medal with Bronze Service Star
Arrowhead
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Arrowhead Device
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Army Service Ribbon
Army Overseas Service Ribbon with "2" Award Numeral Device
NATO Medal (for the former Yugoslavia)
CIB2.gif Combat Infantryman Badge with Star (denoting 2nd award)
Expert Infantry Badge.svg Expert Infantryman Badge
US Army Airborne master parachutist badge.gif Master Parachutist Badge with 2 Combat Jump Devices
RangerTab TIoH.gif Ranger Tab
United States Army Staff Identification Badge.png Army Staff Identification Badge
75 Ranger Regiment Shoulder Sleeve Insignia.svg 75th Ranger Regiment Combat Service Identification Badge
No free image.png Egyptian Parachutist Badge

References[edit]

Military offices
Preceded by
Ken Keen
Commander, 75th Ranger Regiment
2001–2003
Succeeded by
James C. Nixon
Preceded by
William H. McRaven
Commander, Joint Special Operations Command
2011–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent