|Joseph L. Votel III|
Lieutenant General Joseph Votel as a Brigadier General
|Born||February 14, 1958|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1980–present|
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.
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.
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.
Awards and decorations
|Distinguished Service Medal|
|Defense Superior Service Medal|
|Legion of Merit with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters|
|Bronze Star Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters|
|Defense Meritorious Service Medal|
|Meritorious Service Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters|
|Joint Service Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster|
|Army Commendation Medal|
|Army Achievement Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster|
|Combat Infantryman Badge with Star (denoting 2nd award)|
|Expert Infantryman Badge|
|Master Parachutist Badge with 2 Bronze Stars (denoting 2 combat jumps)|
- 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".
|Commander, 75th Ranger Regiment
James C. Nixon
William H. McRaven
|Commander, Joint Special Operations Command