the republic logo

Army Gen. Joseph Votel takes helm of US Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force base

bug
Share/Save/Bookmark

TAMPA, Florida — Army Gen. Joseph Votel has taken the helm of U.S. Special Operations Command located at MacDill Air Force Base.

The 56-year-old general assumed command during a ceremony at the Tampa Convention Center on Thursday.

He replaces Navy Admiral William McRaven, who is retiring.

Votel's last assignment was commander of the Joint Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg.

At Fort Bragg, Votel had a direct role in planning Special Operations Forces missions, like clandestine raids to kill and capture enemy leaders.

Votel will now be in charge of organizing, training, equipping and deploying special operators such as Navy SEALs and Special Warfare Combatant Crew members, Army Green Berets and Rangers, Air Force Air Commandos and Marine Corps Raiders.

Think your friends should see this? Share it with them!

Story copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Feedback, Corrections and Other Requests: AP welcomes feedback and comments from readers. Send an email to info@ap.org and it will be forwarded to the appropriate editor or reporter.


We also have more stories about:
(click the phrases to see a list)

Category:

Follow The Republic:

All content copyright ©2014 The Republic, a division of Home News Enterprises unless otherwise noted.
All rights reserved. Privacy policy.