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. Thomas J. Trask

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

Headquarters Staff
Chief of Staff and Command Support Directorate - U. S. Air Force Maj. Gen. J. Marcus Hicks

Special Operations Forces Acquisition, Technology & Logistics - Mr. James Geurts

- J4 Directorate of Logistics

Special Operations Financial Management - Mr. D. Mark Peterson

Force Management Directorate - U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Kirk Smith

- J1 Directorate of Personnel
- J7/J9 Directorate of Training, Doctrine, and Capability Development
- Preservation of the Force and Families

J2 Directorate of Intelligence - U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Gary Johnston

J3 Directorate of Operations - U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Daniel Yoo

J5 Directorate of Strategy, Plans and Policy - Mr. William Miller

J6 Directorate of Communications - Mr. John Wilcox

J8 Directorate of Force Structure, Requirements, Resources and Strategic Assessments - U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Sean Swindell
Joint Special Operations University - Dr. Brian A. Maher



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