President Joe Biden taps Fort Bragg-based commander to lead all special operations commands

Lt. Gen. Bryan Fenton has been named commander of US Special Operations Command by President Joe Biden, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin announced this month.
Fenton currently serves as commander of Joint Special Operations Command and Joint Special Operations Command Forward at Fort Bragg.
The US Special Operations Command is based at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida.
SOCOM is the supreme command for the Air Force Special Operations Command, the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Joint Special Operations Command, Marine Forces Special Operations Command, Naval Special Warfare Command and US Special Operations Commands in Africa, Central Europe, Europe, Korea, North, Pacific and Southern regions.
President Joe Biden has appointed Lt. Gen. Bryan Fenton to head the US Special Operations Command.
Pentagon officials have not publicly announced who will replace Fenton.
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Fenton's nomination was referred to the Senate Armed Services Committee on June 6.
The committee's calendar doesn't list when Fenton's confirmation will occur because the committee focused on reviewing the National Defense Authorization Act this month.
Fenton, who joined the Army in 1987 as an infantry officer, has led the Joint Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg since July 2021.
He previously served as senior military assistant to the Secretary of Defense in Washington, D.C., Deputy Commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and Commander, Special Operations Command Pacific.
According to Fenton's biography, his previous assignments at Fort Bragg included serving as a battalion commander at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School and as a brigade commander for the Joint Special Operations Command.
Operations he has participated in during his military career include Operation Joint Force in Bosnia, Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Africa, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Odyssey Dawn in Libya.
The Washington Post, the New York Times and have reported that the Joint Special Operations Command is responsible for the military's special operations units such as the Delta Force, the Navy Seals and the Air Force's 24th Special Tactics Squadron.
The Joint Special Operations Command falls under the U.S. Special Operations Command.
According to the SOCOM website, the Joint Special Operations Command is “preparing assigned, attached and reinforced forces; and conducts special operations against threats, as directed, to protect the homeland and US interests abroad.”
SOCOM is currently commanded by Army General Richard Clarke, who oversees more than 70,000 personnel.
According to SOCOM, its mission is to develop Special Operations Forces "to conduct global special operations and activities as part of the joint force to support sustained, networked and distributed combat command operations and campaigns against state and non-state actors to protect and advance the US." . Policy and Goals.”
Its service members' responsibilities include civil affairs, counterinsurgency, counterterrorism, foreign humanitarian assistance, hostage rescue and recovery, and unconventional warfare.
Staff writer Rachael Riley can be reached at or 910-486-3528.
This article originally appeared on The Fayetteville Observer: The Pentagon Announces JSOC Commander Nominated to Lead Special Operations
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