Location - MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.

Established - April 16, 1987

Commander - U.S. Army Gen. Raymond A. Thomas III

Deputy Commander - U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Joseph L. Osterman

Vice Commander - U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Scott A. Howell

Command Sergeant Major - Command Sgt. Maj. Patrick L. McCauley

Role - Provide fully capable Special Operations Forces to defend the United States and its interests

People - Headquarters approximately 2,500/Entire command nearly 70,000



USSOCOM synchronizes the planning of Special Operations and provides Special Operations Forces to support persistent, networked and distributed Global Combatant Command operations in order to protect and advance our Nation’s interests.


                                                               ​- Civil Affairs

                                                               - Counterinsurgency

                                                               - Counterterrorism

                                                               - Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction

                                                               - Direct Action

                                                               - Foreign Humanitarian Assistance

                                                               - Foreign Internal Defense

​- Hostage Rescue and Recovery

- Military Information Support Operations

- Security Force Assistance

- Special Reconnaissance

- Unconventional Warfare

- Preparation of the Environment