|Joseph L. Votel III|
Lieutenant General Joseph Votel
|Born||February 14, 1958|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1980–present|
Joseph L. Votel is a 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 and will replace him again as the newest commander of U.S. Special Operations Command in August 2014.
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; 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; NATO Peace Implementation Force (IFOR), Sarajevo; commander 2nd Battalion, 22d Infantry (Light) at Fort Drum, New York; Commander, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Georgia; and Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan; and Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq.
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.
On June 24th, 2014, he was nominated by President Barack Obama to succeed ADM William McRaven as the 10th Commander of United States Special Operations Command. In July, he was promoted to General and confirmed by congress to be the next commander of USSOCOM. The change of command is scheduled for August 2014.
Awards and decorations
- Votel to succeed McRaven as SOCom commander at MacDill, Tampa Bay Times, By Zack Peterson, dated 24 July 2014, last accessed 25 July 2014
- Stars and Stripes staff. "McRaven nominated to lead Special Ops". Stars and Stripes.
- Spencer Ackerman. "Pentagon’s Clandestine Killers Get New Chief". Wired.com.
- Howard Altman. "Special Operations Command Chief of Staff Votel Named to Head JSOC".
- Henry Cuningham. "Lt. Gen. Joseph Votel takes JSOC command from Vice Adm. William McRaven".
- Official Biography: Lieutenant General Joseph L. Votel Commander, Joint Special Operations Command, U.S. Department of Defense, dated 2013, last accessed 15 June 2014
|Commander, 75th Ranger Regiment
James C. Nixon
William H. McRaven
|Commander, Joint Special Operations Command