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GeneralBryan P. Fenton

Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM)


General Bryan P. Fenton currently serves as the 13th Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base, FL.  

Prior to assuming command of USSOCOM, General Fenton served as the Commander of Joint Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, NC.

General Fenton’s other assignments as a general officer include:  Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense; Deputy Commander, Indo-Pacific Command; Commander, Special Operations Command Pacific; Assistant Chief of Staff G-3, U.S. Army Pacific; Deputy Commanding General – Operations, 25th Infantry Division; and Deputy Director of Strategy, Plans and, Policy, Department of the Army.

His Army and special operations assignments include: Director of Operations (J3), Joint Special Operations Command from 2012 to 2013; Brigade Command from 2010 to 2012; Squadron and Battalion Commands from 2005 to 2009, to include command at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg, NC.

General Fenton has served in multiple geographic combatant commands including U.S. Southern Command; U.S. European Command; U.S. Africa Command; U.S. Central Command; and U.S. Indo-Pacific Command.  He participated in Operations Joint Forge (Bosnia), Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan/Africa), Iraqi Freedom and Odyssey Dawn (Libya).  

General Fenton’s many military courses include: the U.S. Army Infantry Officer Basic and Advance Courses; Special Forces Qualification Course; Ranger School; Special Forces Language training (Spanish); U.S. Army Jump Master; and the Special Forces Military Free Fall School.

General Fenton holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from University of Notre Dame, and a Master’s Degree from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.  He attended Negotiation/Leadership Training at Harvard University and served as the 2009 Army Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.  

General Fenton and his wife Dawn have two daughters.