U.S. Army
Special Operations Center of Excellence
Command Group

Fort Bragg, N.C.


Major General Kurt L. Sonntag, Commanding General

Major General Kurt L. SonntagMajor General Kurt L. Sonntag is the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Special Operations Center of Excellence.
Maj. Gen. Kurt L. Sonntag is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. Maj. Gen. Sonntag began his military career as an Infantry officer in 1986 and attended the Special Forces Qualification Course in 1991.
His most recent assignment was as Commander, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

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Brigadier General Harrison B. Gilliam, Deputy Commanding General

Brigadier General Harrison B. GilliamBrigadier General Harrison B. Gilliam is the Deputy Commanding Officer of the U.S. Army Special Operations Center of Excellence.
Brig. Gen. Harrison B. Gilliam was commissioned as a second lieutenant in June 1991 following attendance at Officer Candidate School.
His most recent assignment was as Director, Joint Staff-West Virginia, Joint Force Headquarters.

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Brigadier General William B. Mason III, Deputy Commanding General

Brigadier General William B. Mason IIIBrigadier General William B. Mason III is the Deputy Commanding Officer of the U.S. Army Special Operations Center of Excellence and Director, Institute for Military Support to Governance.
Brigadier General Mason served as the Chief of Civil Military Operations for Third Army/USARCENT and as a functional specialty team chief in the 352nd Civil Affairs Command at Fort Meade, Maryland. His most recent assignment was the Commander, 350th Civil Affairs Command, in Pensacola, Florida.

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Mr. Al Aycock, Deputy to the Commanding General

Mr. Al T. AycockMr. Al Aycock, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Deputy to the Commanding General of the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School (USAJFKSWCS), the U.S. Army Special Operations Center of Excellence, at Fort Bragg, NC. In this position, Mr. Aycock is focused on ensuring the execution of the organizational core functions and on the integration of institutional training requirements, budgeting, long-range resourcing, and force modernization.

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Chief Warrant Officer 5 Robert W. Hart, Command Chief Warrant Officer

CW5 Robert W. Hart CW5 Robert W. Hart is the Command Chief Warrant Officer of the U.S. Army Special Operations Center of Excellence.
CW5 Robert Hart entered the U.S. Army in 1983 and after completing Initial Entry Training and Airborne School he served as a scout with the 1st Cavalry Division Long Range Surveillance Detachment, Fort Hood, Texas. In 1988 CW5 Hart attended the first Special Forces Selection Course and subsequently completed the Special Forces Qualification Course.

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Command Sergeant Major Curtis D. Arrowsmith, Command Sergeant Major

Command Sergeant Major Curtis D. ArrowsmithCommand Sgt. Maj. Curtis D. Arrowsmith is currently serving as the Command Sergeant Major of the United States Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, the Army Special Operation’s Center of Excellence.
Command Sgt. Maj. David Arrowsmith began his military service as an Infantryman in July of 1988. Command Sgt. Maj. Arrowsmith served in various elements as team sergeant, company sergeant major, battalion command sergeant major, and as a brigade-level command sergeant major.
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