|United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM)
The United States Special
Operations Command (USSOCOM) is one of eight unified commands in
the U.S. military's combatant command structure. The formation
of the command was a result of the Cohen-Nunn amendment to the
National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 1987. The
command was activated April 16, 1987 and has approximately
42,000 active, reserve and national guard forces. The current
Commander-in-Chief is Army General Henry Hugh Shelton.
In addition to our assigned
operational headquarters and forces, the Army, Navy and Air
Force special operations schools and centers have been assigned
to the command.
The U.S. Army's John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and
School has the two-fold mission of developing doctrine and
providing training. Based at Ft. Bragg since 1952, this
organization conducts training courses for Army
Special Forces, Civil Affairs, Psychological Operations, Foreign Area
Officers, and survival, evasion, resistance and escape (SERE).
It is also responsible for developing doctrine and new equipment
for Army Special Operations Forces.
In November of 1985 the Naval
Special Warfare Center was established at the Naval Amphibious
Base, Coronado, Calif. Its mission is to provide instruction and
training for personnel of the U.S. Navy and other U.S. armed
forces and allied military personnel in Naval special warfare
operations and to be the principal authority for Naval special
warfare doctrine in support of the maritime strategy.
The U.S. Air
Force Special Operations School, located at Hurlburt Field,
Florida, provides special operations-related education to
personnel from all branches of the Department of Defense,
governmental agencies and allied nations. Subjects covered in
the 13 courses presented at the school range from regional
affairs and cross-cultural communications to anti-terrorism
awareness, revolutionary warfare and psychological operations.
Prepare assigned forces to carry
out special operations, psychological operations, and civil
affairs missions as required and, if directed by the President
or Secretary of Defense, plan for and conduct special
Develop doctrine, tactics,
techniques and procedures for special operations forces.
Conduct specialized courses of
Instruction for all special operations forces.
Train assigned forces and ensure
inter-operability of equipment and forces.
Monitor the preparedness of
special operations forces assigned to other unified commands.
Develop and acquire unique
special operations forces equipment, material, supplies and
Consolidate and submit program
and budget proposals for Major Force Program 11.
Monitor the promotions,
assignments, retention, timing and professional development of
all special operations form personnel.
insignia is an adaptation of one originally designed during
W.W.II by the first and only director of the Office of Strategic
Services, Major General "Wild Bill" Donovan.
Color: The color black represents
special operations activities that may be performed under the
cover of darkness.
Spearhead: The spearhead, taken
from color staffs dating from antiquity, represents the initial
force of attack and symbolizes how special operations forces
lead the way to subdue the enemy's defenses.
Rings: The three golden rings
surrounding the spear are indicative of the forces assigned from
the Army, Air Force and Navy.
Stars: The four stars represent
the four points of the compass emphasizing our global mission.
Cord: The braided cord encircling
the shield symbolizes strength through joining separate forces.
See also U.S. SOCOM's Subordinate Commands
For additional information or
U.S. Special Operations Command
Public Affairs Office
MacDill AFB, FL 33608-6001
Telephone (813) 828-4604
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