General Raymond A. Thomas III
General Raymond A. Thomas III is the 11th Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base, FL.
General Thomas previously served as Commander, Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) Fort Bragg, NC; 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.
His other notable assignments include: JSOC Chief of Staff and Director of Operations, Commander, Joint Task Force – Bravo, Soto Cano, Honduras; Commander, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Savannah, GA.; and Commander, B Squadron, 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment – Delta, Fort Bragg, NC.
He is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, PA., and the Naval Command and Staff College, Newport, RI.
General Thomas is a native of Philadelphia, PA. He attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY, and was commissioned as an infantry second lieutenant upon graduation in 1980.
General Thomas and his wife Barbara have two sons, both of whom are United States Military Academy graduates.