Thursday, January 18, 2018
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SOCom change-of-command ceremony set for Aug. 28

TAMPA — Army Gen. Joseph Votel will officially take over as director of U.S. Special Operations Command during a ceremony scheduled for 2 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Tampa Convention Center, officials said Friday.

Votel, 56, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate earlier this week to succeed Navy Adm. William McRaven, who in 2011 became chief of SOCom, headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base.

Famous for his key role in planning the mission that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan in 2011, McRaven is retiring after 37 years of service.

Originally from Minnesota, Votel most recently has been commander of the Joint Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, N.C.

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