Army general to take over at MacDill

A new commander is taking over at MacDill Air Force Base at the end of next month.

Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel will assume the lead of U.S. Special Operations Command from Navy Adm. William H. McRaven during a change of command ceremony at 2 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Tampa Convention Center.

Votel will be the 10th commander of SOCOM and will be responsible for ensuring the readiness of Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps Special Operations Forces.

McRaven, 58, has commanded USSOCOM since August 2011, and will retire from active duty after 37 years of service.

Votel is commander of the Joint Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, N.C., where he assumed command from McRaven In June 2011.

Votel, a native of Saint Paul, Minn., graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1980. He has served in a variety of infantry and special operations assignments to include commanding the 75th Ranger Regiment and as the Deputy Commanding General for Operations of the 82nd Airborne Division.

Votel is married to the former Michele Belair of Saint Paul, Minn.

McRaven, who grew up in San Antonio, Texas, was commissioned an ensign in the Navy through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps after graduating from the University of Texas in 1977. He completed Basic Underwater Demolition School/SEAL training in 1978 and has commanded at every level in special operations. He served in Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom amongst others. He also served as the Director for Strategic Planning on the National Security Council Staff.

McRaven is married to the former Georgeann Brady of Dallas, Texas.


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