General Votel today serves as President and CEO of Business Executives for National Security
(BENS) – a national, nonprofit composed of senior business and industry executives who volunteer their time and expertise to assist the U.S. national security community.
Early life and education
Votel's initial assignments were to the 3rd Infantry Division
in Germany, where he served as a rifle platoon leader, executive officer, battalion adjutant, and rifle company commander. Following this tour, he was assigned to Headquarters, Allied Forces Southern Europe
– Naples, Italy, and the NATO Peace Implementation Force (IFOR) in Sarajevo. He commanded the 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry (Light) at Fort Drum
, New York, and afterward, he commanded the 1st Ranger Battalion
. Later he commanded the 75th Ranger Regiment
, during Operation Enduring Freedom
On 19 October 2001, Votel led 200 Rangers from 3rd Battalion
, who parachuted towards an airfield south of Kandahar in an operation known as Operation Rhino
and attacked several Taliban targets.
USSOCOM and USCENTCOM commander
Votel (right) visiting Manbij
as CENTCOM commander, June 21, 2018
After nearly 40 years of military service, Votel officially retired on March 28, 2019, five days after the decisive Battle of Baghuz Fawqani
, which saw the territorial collapse of the Islamic State in Syria. He was succeeded as CENTCOM commander by General Kenneth McKenzie
Turkey coup attempt
In a speech on July 29, 2016, Turkish President Erdoğan
accused Votel of "siding with coup plotters",
after Votel accused the Turkish government of arresting the Pentagon's contacts in Turkey
Awards and decorations
- ^ Tara Copp (August 21, 2018). "New CENTCOM, SOCOM leadership named". Military Times. Retrieved March 28, 2019.
- ^ "NOMINATIONS BEFORE THE SENATE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE, SECOND SESSION, 113TH CONGRESS" (PDF). Washington, DC: Superintendent of Documents. 2015. pp. 789–793. Archived from the original(PDF) on 2015-10-06. Retrieved 2015-08-14.
- ^ a b , U.S. Department of Defense, dated 2014.
- ^ Dan Lamothe, The swift, quiet rise of Lt. Gen. Joseph Votel, Special Operations commander, The Washington Post, June 25, 2014.
- ^ Gal Perl Finkel, Win the close fight, The Jerusalem Post, March 21, 2017.
- ^ Votel to succeed McRaven as SOCOM commander at MacDill, Tampa Bay Times, by Zack Peterson, 24 July 2014, last accessed 25 July 2014
- ^ "Commander of US troops in Syria makes unannounced first visit to Israel". Times of Israel.
- ^ "US Marine Corps General McKenzie replaces retiring Votel as CENTCOM Commander". 29 March 2019. Retrieved 31 March 2019.
- ^ "Turkey's Erdoğan to drop lawsuits against people who insulted him". BBC News. 29 July 2016.
- ^ Lake, Eli (2016-07-28). "America's Friends Get Arrested in Turkey's Post-Coup Purges". Bloomberg View.
- ^ https://www.bens.org/Leadership/JosephVotel
- ^ "Noblis Welcomes General Joseph Votel to its Board of Trustees". October 3, 2019. Retrieved January 4, 2021.
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