Became the senior enlisted leader of U.S. Special Operations Command, Jul. 11, 2019.
Command Sergeant Major Patrick L. McCauley became the ninth Command Senior Enlisted Leader, U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), MacDill AFB, Tampa, Florida on July 7, 2016. USSOCOM is one of nine combatant commands within the Department of Defense unified command structure.
CSM McCauley enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve as an Armor Crewman in 1986 and attended basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina. Upon completion of his training as an Armor Crewman, CSM McCauley was assigned to A Company, 8th Tank Battalion, 4th Marine Division.
CSM McCauley transferred to the U.S. Army in August of 1988 as an Intelligence Analyst.
Upon completion of his initial training as an Intelligence Analyst, CSM McCauley was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Combat Aviation Brigade, 2nd Infantry, Korea, where he served as an Intelligence Analyst. In 1989 CSM McCauley was reassigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company 2nd Infantry Brigade, Fort Riley, Kansas, where he served as a Personal Security NCOIC. CSM McCauley went to Special Forces Assessment and Selection and the Special Forces Qualification Course in 1990. He was then assigned to Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group in October 1990, where he served as a Special Forces Communications Sergeant until May 1994. In 1995 CSM McCauley assessed for a Special Mission Unit and served as a Team Member, Assistant Team Sergeant, Team Sergeant, Troop Sergeant Major, Operations Sergeant Major, Squadron Command Sergeant Major, and Unit Command Sergeant Major.
CSM McCauley transferred to U.S. Special Operations Command Central in June 2015 where he served as the Command Senior Enlisted Leader before assuming responsibilities at his current assignment in July 2016. CSM McCauley has deployed multiple times throughout his career, supporting Operations ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM, and INHERENT RESOLVE. CSM McCauley has completed the following military courses: Intelligence Analysis Course, Warrior Leader's Course, Special Forces Assessment and Selection, Special Forces Qualification Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Ranger Course, Basic Airborne Course, Arabic Course, French Course, Static Line Jumpmaster Course, Advanced Land Navigation Course, Free Fall Parachutist Course, Free Fall Jumpmaster Course, Senior Leaders Course, United States Army Sergeant Major Academy, the Summit Course and the Keystone Course at the National Defense University. CSM McCauley's awards and decorations include the following: Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with V-Device and 5 Oak Leaf Clusters, Defense Meritorious Service Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab, Combat Infantry Badge, Military Free Fall Jumpmaster Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, and Danish Parachutist Badge.
CSM McCauley has a Bachelor of Science degree in Strategic Studies from Norwich University.