Sovereign Challenge Leadership
Mr. Larry Cook
USSOCOM Sovereign Challenge, Program Manager
Mr. Harry Thomas
USSOCOM Sovereign Challenge, Senior Strategic Engagements Coordinator
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Larry Cook is a member of the US Civil Service and manages the Sovereign Challenge Program on behalf of the Directorate of Strategy Policy and Plans at Headquarters United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), MacDill Air Force Base Florida. Mr. Cook directs one of USSOCOM’s longest active engagement outreach programs with annual events in multiple locations and an overall program budget of more than $2 million.

Mr. Cook has served in a variety of leadership, staff and technical positions in government and industry. He entered the U.S. Air Force in 1998 after graduating from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and served as an active duty commissioned officer until 2011. Mr. Cook also holds Master’s Degrees from Troy State University and the University of North Carolina.

Harry Thomas is a Senior Kissinger Fellow at Yale. He served as ambassador to Zimbabwe, the Philippines and Bangladesh. He retired in March 2018 with the rank of Career Minister after more than three decades in the Foreign Service. Ambassador Thomas also served as Executive Secretary and Special Assistant to Secretary Rice, Director General of the Foreign Service, and Director for South Asia at the National Security Council Staff.

Ambassador Thomas speaks Spanish, Hindi, Bangla and Tagalog. He is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and holds a master’s degree from Columbia University. He holds honorary doctorates from Holy Cross and Loyola University of Maryland. He is a member of the American Academy of Diplomacy, Holy Cross and Care4theHomeless Boards and Chairs the Winter4Kids Board. He is married and has three adult children.

Mr. Alex Morales-Hernandez
USSOCOM Sovereign Challenge, Senior Strategic Engagements Advisor
Mr. Luis A. Quiceno
USSOCOM Sovereign Challenge, Strategic Engagements Support
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Alex Morales-Hernandez is the Sovereign Challenge Senior Strategic Engagements Advisor – HQUSSOCOM.

He was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico where he lived until he enlisted in the United States Army. He is a 2013 graduate of Central Michigan University with a Master of Science in Administration.

Alex enlisted in the United States Army on 18 April 1995 and retired as a Chief Warrant Officer Three after 21 years of military service. He served in the Special Operations Enterprise and lastly in the Defense Attache System as the Operations Coordinator, Assistant Army Attache, and Acting Defense Attache in countries such as Bolivia, Chad, El Salvador, Colombia, Malawi, Namibia, and Zimbabwe.

Alex is a recipient of numerous military awards including the 3rd highest award in the Department of State “Award for Heroism”.

He speaks three foreign languages, Spanish, Portuguese and French.

His wife and three children reside with him in Florida.

Prior to joining the Sovereign Challenge team in November of 2019, Mr. Quiceno had a distinguished career with the Department of Defense as a Telecommunications Manger and Non-Commissioned Officer. Mr. Quiceno served with multiple organizations around the globe in combat, strategic, and diplomatic environments in a variety of leadership roles. He spent over three quarters of his military career serving overseas and has vast experience working with diverse cultural audiences. During his career, Mr. Quiceno received numerous awards for leadership and superior performance, including the prestigious Sergeant Audie Murphy Award. His latest assignment was Chief of Executive Communications for the United States Special Operations Command.

Luis has a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Management and is fluent in Spanish in both written and oral communication.

Mr. Kevin M. Brill
USSOCOM Sovereign Challenge, Program Planner
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Mr. Christopher Thomas
USSOCOM Sovereign Challenge, Strategic Engagements Support
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Prior to joining the Sovereign Challenge team in June of 2019, Mr. Brill had a distinguished 26 year career in the U.S. Army as an Infantryman. Mr. Brill served and commanded with multiple organizations around the globe in Light, Airborne, Mechanized, and Training units. He has received numerous awards for leadership and superior performance during his multiple overseas assignments. Mr. Brill served in a variety of leadership and staff positions during his service.

Mr. Brill entered the U.S. Army in 1991 as a Reservist and an active duty officer after graduating from Central Missouri State University in 1993. Mr. Brill holds a Bachelor of Science degree and is JPME II qualified from the Joint and Combined Warfighting School.

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Mr. Paul Sotomayor
USSOCOM Sovereign Challenge, Strategic Enagements Support

Prior to joining the Sovereign Challenge team, Mr. Sotomayor had a distinguished 24 year career in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Foreign Area Officer/Logistics Officer. Mr. Sotomayor’s global experience spans across four combatant commands as a senior executive advisor in development and expansion of U.S. - Partner relationship and capacity building. His professionalism and diplomatic background attribute to successful roles within Security Cooperation Offices, as a Defense Cooperation portfolio manager for one of our largest Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers, and as a foreign military exchange officer, aside from U.S. Marine Corps global campaigns. His strategic planning expertise extends across J2/J3/J5 directorates, development of multinational exercises and an international perspective. Recipient of numerous civilian, U.S. and foreign military awards for superior performance and leadership from his government and private sector experience. In his last position, Mr. Sotomayor planned, lead and facilitated regionally focused, senior executive bilateral engagements with priority partners.

Paul has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, a Master’s in Business Administration (Project Management), a DSCA International Affairs Certification (Level III) and is fluent in Spanish (both written and oral communication).