|Joseph L. Votel III|
then-Lieutenant General Joseph Votel
February 14, 1958 |
Minnesota, United States
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1980–present|
Joseph Leonard Votel III is a four-star general in the United States Army who currently serves as the 10th commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command. Prior to that, he served as commander of Joint Special Operations Command from June 2011 to July 29, 2014. He replaced Admiral William McRaven as commander of U.S. Special Operations Command on August 28, 2014.
Votel was born in 1958 in Minnesota. He 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 24, 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 confirmed by congress to be the next commander of USSOCOM. The change of command took place on August 28, 2014. LTG Raymond A. Thomas replaced Votel as commander of Joint Special Operations Command.
Awards and decorations
|Army Distinguished Service Medal|
|Defense Superior Service Medal with 2 bronze Oak Leaf Clusters|
|Legion of Merit with 2 bronze Oak Leaf Clusters|
|Bronze Star Medal with 3 bronze Oak Leaf Clusters|
|Defense Meritorious Service Medal|
|Meritorious Service Medal with 3 bronze Oak Leaf Clusters|
|Joint Service Commendation Medal with bronze Oak Leaf Cluster|
|Army Commendation Medal|
|Army Achievement Medal with bronze Oak Leaf Cluster|
|Joint Meritorious Unit Award|
|Superior Unit Award|
|National Defense Service Medal with bronze Service Star|
|Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with Arrowhead Device|
|Southwest Asia Service Medal with bronze Service Star|
|Afghanistan Campaign Medal with 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)|
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Joseph L. Votel.|
- 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
- Votel to succeed McRaven as SOCom commander at MacDill, Tampa Bay Times, By Zack Peterson, dated 24 July 2014, last accessed 25 July 2014
|Commander, 75th Ranger Regiment
James C. Nixon
William H. McRaven
|Commander, Joint Special Operations Command
Raymond A. Thomas III
William H. McRaven
|Commander, United States Special Operations Command