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

Fort Bragg, N.C.


Major General James B. Linder, Commanding General

Major General James B. LinderMaj. Gen. James B. Linder is the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Special Operations Center of Excellence.
His previous assignment was as the Commander, Special Operations Command Africa, headquartered at Kelley Barracks near Stuttgart, Germany.



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Brigadier General Michael D. Turello, Deputy Commanding General

Brigadier General Michael D. TruelloBrigadier General Michael D. Truello is the Deputy Commanding General of the U.S. Army Special Operations Center of Excellence - Operations.
Brigadier General Turello received his commission in 1983 as an Infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps through the Platoon Leaders Course. Following tours with 3rd Marine Regiment and Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, he joined the Mississippi National Guard and the 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in 1990.

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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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Chief Warrant Officer 5 Richard R. Kunz, Command Chief Warrant Officer

CW5 Richard R. Kunz CW5 Richard R. Kunz is the Command Chief Warrant Officer of the U.S. Army Special Operations Center of Excellence.
CW5 Kunz enlisted in the Army in 1982. CW5 Kunz joined Special Forces, completing the Special Forces Communications Sergeant Qualification Course in 1986 and was subsequently assigned to 1st BN, 1st SFG(A), Okinawa, Japan. He was appointed as a Special Forces Warrant Officer in 1995, and began his warrant career serving as an assistant detachment commander in the 1st SFG(A) at Fort Lewis, WA.
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Command Sergeant Major David R. Gibbs, Command Sergeant Major

Command Sergeant Major David R. GibbsCommand Sgt. Maj. David Gibbs is currently serving as the 27th 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 Gibbs enlisted in the U.S. Army on Oct. 1, 1984. He attended One-Station Unit Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Command Sgt. Maj. Gibbs 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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Colonel John P. Stack, Chief of Staff

Colonel John P. Stack, Chief of StaffCol. John P. Stack currently serves as the Chief of Staff for the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.





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