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Citadel News Service
11 Oct 2016

U.S. Special Operations commander to address South Carolina Corps of Cadets

One of the nation’s top military commanders will address the South Carolina Corps of Cadets at 11a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18,Gen. Raymond Thomas as part of the college’s Greater Issues Series. Gen. Raymond A. Thomas III will speak about his duties and leadership responsibilities as the 11th commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base near Tampa, Florida. It will be held on campus at McAlister Field House, which can be located as item 21 on the college’s virtual map.

Thomas’ other assignments as a general officer include: associate director for military affairs at the Central Intelligence Agency; commanding general, NATO Special Operations Component Command – Afghanistan; deputy commanding general, JSOC; deputy director for Special Operations, the Joint Staff in the Pentagon; assistant division commander, 1st Armor Division in Iraq; and assistant commanding general, JSOC. Prior to assuming command of USSOCOM, Thomas served as commander of the Joint Special Operations Command at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina.

Thomas is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and a graduate of the U.S. Army War College in Pennsylvania as well as the Naval Command and Staff College located in Newport, Rhode Island. He attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and was commissioned as an infantry second lieutenant upon graduation in 1980.

His address is open to the public. Members of the media who wish to attend are asked to contact in advance if possible, and to be in place no later than 10:50 a.m.

About The Greater Issues Series

The Greater Issues Series was founded in 1954 to engage Citadel cadets’ interest and knowledge in important topics of the day. Since it was established by the Mills B. Lane Memorial Foundation, the series has brought presidents, heads of state, governors, scholars, diplomats, journalists and distinguished business and military leaders to The Citadel, its cadets, students, faculty and staff, and the Charleston community.

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