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Lieutenant General Jonathan P. Braga

Lieutenant General Jonathan P. Braga

Commanding General, U.S. Army Special Operations Command (Confirmed)

Lt. Gen. Jonathan P. Braga assumed command, August 13, 2021,  of U.S. Army Special Operations Command. Prior to commanding  USASOC, Braga held the position of deputy commanding general of U.S. Army Pacific in August of 2020. Previous to that, he served as the commander of Special Operations Command Pacific.  Braga was born in Attleboro, Massachusetts in June 1969. He  attended the United States Military Academy and was  commissioned as an infantry officer in 1991.  Braga served in multiple positions as an infantry officer as part of  the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea and the 11th Armored Cavalry  Regiment at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California.  Following these assignments, he graduated from the Special Forces  Qualification Course and went on to serve in multiple command  positions in the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg,  

North Carolina and in Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico from 1995-2001. He completed numerous deployments  and humanitarian relief operations throughout the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. Upon  completion of this tour he returned to Fort Bragg, to serve in a United States Army Special Operations  Command (USASOC) Special Mission Unit (SMU) and completed multiple deployments as a task force  commander to Afghanistan and Iraq for Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom and  Operation Willing Spirit in Colombia from 2002-2005. He then achieved his master’s at the Naval War  College at Newport, Rhode Island. Following this assignment, he served as the operations officer for the  Joint Reconnaissance Task Force as part of Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) in Washington, DC  and deployed to lead a Special Operations Task Force across three geographical commands from 2006-2008.  

He then returned to Fort Bragg and served in several command and staff positions in the same USASOC  SMU from 2008-2012. Afterwards, Lt. Gen. Braga would go on to serve as an Army War College Special Operations fellow at the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, California.  

Lt. Gen. Braga served as the garrison commander of the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, CA from  2013- 2015 and subsequently as the chief of staff at JSOC from 2015-2017. Braga also served as the director  of operations, Combined Joint Task Force—Operation Inherent Resolve, Iraq. 

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