TAMPA — Army Lt. Gen. Joseph Votel has been nominated to be promoted to general and serve as commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base.
He was nominated by President Barack Obama to succeed Adm. William McRaven, current SOCom chief, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.
Votel has been commander of Joint Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, N.C., since he succeeded McRaven there in June 2011. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Votel will become the 10th commander of SOCom.
He also served as chief of staff for SOCom. Votel attended the United States Military Academy and became an infantry officer in 1980, according to his Department of Defense biography.
Votel, 56, served in the Pentagon as the director of the Army and Joint IED Defeat Task Force and then as deputy director of the Joint IED Defeat Organization. He also served in Iraq and Afghanistan before being assigned to JSOC as deputy commanding general.
McRaven, who became SOCom chief in 2011, oversaw and helped plan the mission that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan in 2011. He served as JSOC commander from June 2006 to March 2008, according to his U.S. Navy biography. He also held a special operations command position in Europe and was the first director of the NATO Special Operations Forces Coordination Centre.