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U.S. Special Operations Command USSOCOM

June 2013

Commander
U.S. Navy Adm. William H. McRaven

U.S. Navy Adm. William H. McRavenAs commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, Navy Adm. William H. McRaven is responsible for providing capable special operations forces to defend the United States and its interests and to synchronize the planning of global operations against terrorist networks.

Socom Priorities

McRaven Sets Future Course for Special Ops Command

After 12 years of unprecedented demand for special operations forces capability worldwide, Navy Adm. William H. McRaven, the commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, is shaping his forces for the future based on his Special Operations Command 2020 vision. Story

Win the Current Fight

Special Ops Chief Cites Progress, Challenges in Afghanistan

An Afghan commando braces himself as a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter comes in to extract him following a clearing operation in Khakrez district in Afghanistan's Kandahar province, May 31, 2011.Outlining his top priorities as he shapes U.S. Special Operations Command for the future, Navy Adm. William H. McRaven, the Socom commander, told a forum of special operators and defense contractors in Tampa, Fla., that it all starts with winning the current fight in Afghanistan. Story

Preserve the Force and Family

Socom Strives to Boost Operators’ Resilience, Readiness

An Air Force special operations pararescueman gets hoisted off a ship by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Kurt Leisenring during the Emerald Warrior 2013 exercise off Florida’s Gulf Coast, April 24, 2013.Maintainers across the military take pride in keeping aircraft, vehicles and weapons systems well-oiled and ready to go whenever the mission calls. A major initiative is underway at U.S. Special Operations Command to better maintain what Navy Adm. William H. McRaven, the Socom commander, calls the most important system of all: the operator. Story

Provide Responsive Resourcing

Socom Strives to Meet Current,
Future Requirements

U.S. Special Operations Command works to ensure operators have the tools they need not only for today’s missions, but also for those they will confront in the future.The commander of U.S. Special Operations Command is quick to point out what he calls one of the special operations forces’ most universal truths -- that “people are more important than hardware.” But he’s committed to ensuring they have everything they need to succeed. Story

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