U.S. Special Operations Command Change

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel talks with Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel III before the change-of-command ceremony for U.S. Special Operations Command in Tampa, Fla., Aug. 28, 2014. Votel assumed command from Navy Adm. William H. McRaven. DoD photo by U.S. Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt
  • Lilibet Hagel, wife of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, shares a light moment with Deanie Dempsey, left foreground, wife of Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, before the change-of-command ceremony for U.S. Special Operations Command in Tampa, Fla., Aug. 28, 2014.  DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt
  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel attends the change-of-command ceremony for U.S. Special Operations Command in Tampa, Fla., Aug. 28, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt
  • Navy Adm. William H. McRaven, right, embraces Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel III during the change-of-command ceremony for U.S. Special Operations Command in Tampa, Fla., Aug. 28, 2014. Votel assumed command from McRaven. DoD photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp
  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, incoming commander Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel III, center, and outgoing commander Navy Adm. William H. McRaven stand on stage during the change-of-command ceremony for U.S. Special Operations Command in Tampa, Fla., Aug. 28, 2014.  DoD photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp
  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel attends the change-of-command ceremony for U.S. Special Operations Command in Tampa, Fla., Aug. 28, 2014.  DoD photo by U.S. Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt
  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel attends the change-of-command ceremony for U.S. Special Operations Command in Tampa, Fla., Aug. 28, 2014.  DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt
  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel offers remarks during the change-of-command ceremony for U.S. Special Operations Command in Tampa, Fla., Aug. 28, 2014.  DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt
  • Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, offers remarks during the change-of-command ceremony for U.S. Special Operations Command in Tampa, Fla., Aug. 28, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp
  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, passes the U.S. Special Operations Command flag to incoming commander Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel III during a change-of-command ceremony in Tampa, Fla., Aug. 28, 2014. Votel assumed command from Navy Adm. William H. McRaven.  DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt
  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel congratulates Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel III during the change-of-command ceremony for U.S. Special Operations Command in Tampa, Fla., Aug. 28, 2014. Votel assumed command from Navy Adm. William H. McRaven. DoD photo by Petty U.S. Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt
  • Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, right, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, administers the oath of office to Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel III during the change-of-command ceremony for U.S. Special Operations Command in Tampa, Fla., Aug. 28, 2014.  DoD photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp
  • Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Michele Votel, wife of Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel III, pin on four-star lapels as Votel stands during the change-of-command ceremony for U.S. Special Operations Command in Tampa, Fla., Aug. 28, 2014. Votel assumed command from Navy Adm. William H. McRaven. DoD photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp
  • Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel III offers remarks during the change-of-command ceremony for U.S. Special Operations Command in Tampa, Fla., Aug. 28, 2014. Votel assumed command from Navy Adm. William H. McRaven.

 DoD photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp
  • Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his wife, Deanie, listen to remarks by Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel III, incoming commander for U.S. Special Operations Command, in Tampa, Fla., Aug. 28, 2014.  DoD photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp
  • Navy Adm. William H. McRaven offers remarks during the change-of-command ceremony for U.S. Special Operations Command in Tampa, Fla., Aug. 28, 2014. McRaven relinquished command to Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel III. DoD photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp
  • Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel III, incoming commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, salutes during the change-of-command ceremony in Tampa, Fla., Aug. 28, 2014.  DoD photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp
  • Navy Adm. William H. McRaven, outgoing commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, salutes at the conclusion of the change-of-command ceremony in Tampa, Fla., Aug. 28, 2014. McRaven relinquished command to Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel III. DoD photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp
  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel shakes hands with Navy Adm. William H. McRaven, outgoing commander of U.S. Special Operations, during the change-of-command ceremony for the command in Tampa, Fla., Aug. 28, 2014.  DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt
  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel poses for a photo  after the change-of-command ceremony for U.S. Special Operations Command in Tampa, Fla., Aug. 28, 2014.  DoD photo by Petty U.S. Navy Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt