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Gates recommends new commander to replace retiring SOCom leader

TAMPA — Defense Secretary Robert Gates recommended Tuesday that Navy Vice Adm. William McRaven become commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command based in Tampa.

When nominated by President Barack Obama and if confirmed by the Senate, McRaven would succeed Navy Adm. Eric Olson.

Olson has headed the command since 2008 and will retire.

McRaven, a former commander of a SEAL team and Special Operations Command Europe, currently is commander of the Joint Special Operations Command. He led the command as it "ruthlessly and effectively [took] the fight to America's most dangerous and vicious enemies," Gates said in the announcement.

SOCom, based at MacDill Air Force Base, says its top priority is to deter, disrupt and defeat terrorist threats as it plans and conducts special military operations.

Gates recommends new commander to replace retiring SOCom leader 03/01/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 7:11pm]
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