The newest commander of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) is Lieutenant General Scott Howell. He is an Air Force officer and rotary wing pilot with deep experience in the special operations community. Howell is the first Air Force officer to command JSOC. Previous commanders were Green Berets, Rangers, or SEALs.
Howell entered the military in May of 1987 as a Second Lieutenant after graduation from the U.S. Air Force Academy. His first assignment after flight training was with the 37th Air Rescue Squadron at Fairfield AFB, Washington.
Howell is a very experienced special operations aviator who has broad experience in joint special operations commands and assignments. He has had a number of staff positions within the Air Force special operations organization and attended a number of professional education schools and course. Some of his assignments are listed below:
- Vice Commander, HQs USSOCOM, Washington, D.C.
- CG SOJTF-A / NSOCC-A, Afghanistan
- Director of Operations, AFSOC, Hurlburt Field
- Deputy Director for SO/CT (J37), Joint Staff
- Deputy CG SOJTF-A / NSOCC-A, Afghanistan
- Special Assistant to CG USSOCOM
- Commander Aviation Tactics Evaluation Group (AvTEG)
- Commander 20th Special Operations Squadron
Biography of Lieutenant General Scott A. Howell, USAF