Richard E. Angle

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Richard E. Angle
Richard E. Angle (4).png
Official portrait, 2021
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1991–present
RankMajor General
Commands held1st Special Forces Command (Airborne)
Intelligence Support Activity
1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group
Battles/warsIraq War
War in Afghanistan
Operation Inherent Resolve
AwardsDefense Superior Service Medal (3)
Legion of Merit (4)
Bronze Star Medal (2)
Alma materUnited States Military Academy

Richard E. Angle is a United States Army major general who serves as the commanding general of the 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne) since August 12, 2021.[1][2] He previously served as deputy commander of the Joint Special Operations Command.

Military career[edit]

Angle was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1991 following graduation from United States Military Academy at West Point. His first assignment was with the 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment in Germany as an infantry officer. Angle volunteered for Army Special Forces and subsequently graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Angle commanded a Special Forces Operational Detachment of the 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group, with which he deployed to Bosnia and Kosovo.[3]

Following graduation from the Army Command and General Staff College, Angle was selected for the Intelligence Support Activity in 2000, a secret unit conducting signal and human intelligence gathering for the Joint Special Operations Command. He served as troop commander, squadron operations officer, unit operations officer, and later squadron commander. Angle took command of the 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group in Okinawa, Japan from 2008 to 2010. He later returned to ISA as unit commander from 2012 to 2014. Angle completed numerous deployments to Afghanistan, Africa, Pakistan, and Iraq.[4] Angle then received assignment as Chief of Staff, U.S. Army Special Operations Command in 2017.

As a general officer, Angle served as Deputy Commanding General, 1st Special Forces Command; Deputy Commanding General (Operations), United States Army Cyber Command; and then as Deputy Commander, Joint Special Operations Command. In March 2021, he was assigned to succeed John W. Brennan Jr. as Commanding General, 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne).[5]

Awards and decorations[edit]


  1. ^ "1st SFOC Commanding General" (PDF). Retrieved 2021-08-14.
  2. ^ "Army Cyber lobbies for name change this year, as information warfare grows in importance". October 16, 2016.
  3. ^ "Cyber-Speaker-Bios" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2020-08-03. Retrieved August 5, 2020.
  4. ^ "Brig. Gen. Richard E. Angle". Archived from the original on 2020-09-14. Retrieved January 22, 2020.
  5. ^ "General Officer Assignments". U.S. Department of Defense. Retrieved 2021-04-05.
Military offices
Preceded by Deputy Commanding General for Operations of the United States Army Cyber Command
Succeeded by
Preceded by Deputy Commander of the Joint Special Operations Command
Succeeded by
Commanding General of the 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne)