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The Crossroads of Special Operations

Friday, April 23, 2021

For the first time, an Air Force officer may lead Joint Special Operations Command | Marine Corps Times

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Joint Special Operations Command, commonly called JSOC, will likely be led by an Air Force officer for the first time since the storied group was born out of the Iran hostage crisis in 1980.

Lt. Gen. Scott Howell was announced this week as President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the unit that oversees elite special mission units from the larger U.S. Special Operations Command, including the Navy’s SEAL Team 6, the Air Force’s 24th Special Tactics Squadron and the Army’s 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment, better known as Delta Force.

The 14 previous commanders of JSOC, with the exception of Navy SEAL Admiral William McRaven, were all Army officers who rose through the ranks of the Army Rangers or Army Special Forces teams.

Source: For the first time, an Air Force officer may lead Joint Special Operations Command | Marine Corps Times

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