“From the onset, he saw the vision of the Joint Special Ops University co-located with the headquarters, but he didn’t just talk about it, he acted on it,” Maher said. “He also saw a JSOU that was expanding beyond just a classroom and just the couple of courses we were doing at Hurlburt. So it wasn’t just a small building, a make-do building, it was a true world-class facility that he envisioned and made sure that the money and the concepts were there to use that building in the way he envisioned. He truly is the man that got us to this place, stuck with the vision and kept that alive during his tenure.”
Mulholland praised the efforts of JSOU and added this is the right time to modernize and expand.
“This couldn’t come at a better time,” he said. “As we endeavor to ensure America’s Special Operations Force remains relevant to our nation’s security requirements of tomorrow, it’s abundantly clear that the need for a highly and appropriately educated Special Operations Force is essential to that.”
The new 90,000 square-foot facility, scheduled to open in the Fall of 2015, will serve as the hub for joint and combined SOF education for U.S., international and interagency personnel. The building will have 16 classrooms, and auditorium, two lectionaries, a research library and room for classified briefings.
JSOU was established in September of 2000 with the mission to develop SOF and enablers for operational and strategic leadership; educate military and civilian leadership in the employment of SOF; and to conduct research on issues on national security issues critical to the SOF community. Last year more than 8,200 Special Operations, interagency and international students, from enlisted members to executive leaders, participated in various seminars and courses offered by the university. Currently, JSOU is working to earn accreditation as a degree-granting university to better serve the needs of the nation’s Special Operations Forces.