U.S. Special Operations Command inducted six former special operators into the USSOCOM Commando Hall of Honor located at the USSOCOM headquarters, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, April 18, 2018. More than 100 people attended the ceremony and watched as each inductee received a medal from U.S. Army Gen. Raymond A. Thomas III, USSOCOM commander, and Sgt. Maj. Patrick McCauley, USSOCOM command sergeant major.
The award recognizes individuals who have served with distinction within the special operations forces community. The inductees join the storied ranks of those who preceded them.
This year’s inductees were U.S. Army Maj. Raymond P. Ambrozak, U.S. Army Gen. Bryan D. Brown, U.S. Navy Capt. (SEAL) Charles Heron, U.S. Air Force Col. William J. Kornitzer, U.S. Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal and U.S. Army Maj. Gen. James E. Rudder.
Ambrozak special operations forces career as a psychological operations officer spanned more than 60 years beginning with his first deployment to Laos in 1961 supporting Operation Hotfoot/White Star. He played a key role in the formative years of psychological operations during Vietnam. He helped to stand up the 4th Psychological Operation Group and was an instructor at the U.S. Army JFK Special Warfare Center and School. After retirement, he served as a mentor to upcoming psychological operations Soldiers.