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Senate approves nominations of Dunford, Campbell, Votel, Gortney

Posted July 25, 2014    

 
Senate approves nominations of Dunford,
 
Campbell, Votel, Gortney
 
By Howard Altman
Tampa Tribune, Fla.
Published: July 24, 2014
 
TAMPA, Fla. — General Joseph Votel, newly minted Army general (4 Star) , will become the 10th commander of U.S. Special Operations Command as the result of a voice vote by the U.S. Senate on Wednesday.
 
General Votel, who before the confirmation was a lieutenant general in charge of the Joint Special Operations Command, will take over from Adm. William McRaven, 58, who is scheduled to retire after a 37-year career that included planning Operation Neptune Spear, the Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
 
The confirmation was welcome news to U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio. “I am pleased that the Senate expeditiously approved Gen. Votel’s promotion and appointment to be the next Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command. With the world more uncertain than ever, we will continue to rely on the brave men and women of SOCOM to act as the tip of the spear in defense of our nation. I welcome Gen. Votel and his family back to Tampa and MacDill.”
 
 "He is a seasoned warrior, with a lot of time on the battlefield, understands SOF (special operation forces), has had a long, long career in special operations. He is just the perfect guy to replace Adm. McRaven." Votel, a 1980 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, served in Panama and Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, before being deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq, according to his official biography. After attending the Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Votel commanded the 75th Ranger Regiment and participated in Afghanistan and Iraq, according to his biography.

 

http://www.stripes.com/news/us/senate-approves-nominations-of-dunford-campbell-votel-gortney-1.295065

 

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