Richard Scholtes

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Richard A. Scholtes
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Major General Richard A. Scholtes
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branchUnited States Army seal United States Army
RankUS-O8 insignia.svg Major General
Commands heldSeal of the Joint Special Operations Command.png Joint Special Operations Command
United States Army 2nd Armored Division CSIB.svg 2nd Armored Division
Battles/warsVietnam War

Richard A. Scholtes is a retired US Army Major General and the first commander of the US military's Joint Special Operations Command.[1][2] Scholtes' experience as the commander of Joint Special Operations Task Force 123 during the US invasion of Grenada made him an important figure in the reorganization of the US special operations community and eventually led to his appointment to the newly formed JSOC. After his tenure as JSOC commander, Scholtes retired from active service so he could candidly testify in August 1986 before Congress about the perceived need for a separate, four-star, special operations command. Then-Senator William Cohen described Scholtes' testimony as vital in the decision of Congress to create the United States Special Operations Command.[3]

Awards and decorations[edit]

  • Combat Infantry Badge.svg
  • Image4210.gifMaster Parachutist badge (United States).svg
  • Ranger Tab.svg
  • Noribbon.svg
  • Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svg
  • United States Army Staff Identification Badge.png
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Award numeral 6.png Army Good Conduct Medal ribbon.svg
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Silver star
Silver star


  1. ^ Jeff Gerth, Philip Taubman; et al. (8 June 1984). "U.S. MILITARY CREATES SECRET UNITS FOR USE IN SENSITIVE TASKS ABROAD". New York Times.
  2. ^ Philip Taubman (5 December 1984). "U.S. MILITARY TRIES TO CATCH UP IN FIGHTING TERROR". New York Times.
  3. ^ US Special Operations Command. "Tip of the Spear" (PDF).