General Bryan P. Fenton, Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command

General Bryan P. Fenton

Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command

Bryan Patrick Fenton was born in 1965 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He attended leadership training at Harvard University, and has taken advantage of other education opportunities afforded by the U.S. military. 

He has participated in a number of geographic commands including U.S. Southern Command, U.S. European Command, U.S. Africa Command, U.S. Central Command, and the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command. He engaged in Operations Joint Forge Bosnia, Enduring Freedom Afghanistan, Enduring Freedom Africa, Iraqi Freedom, and Odyssey Dawn in Libya. 

He has had a number of special operations assignments, including command at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. At the Pentagon, he served as senior military assistant to the Secretary of Defense, among many others. Prior to his current assignment, he was Commander of Joint Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. 

He is currently the Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command headquartered at McDill Air Force Base, Florida. 

In the News…

The Special Operations Command is investigating a recent report of a military email leak made by a cybersecurity researcher at the command. 

The command said it has “initiated an investigation into information we were provided about a potential issue with the command’s cloud service.” The command spokesperson said, “The only other information we can confirm at this point is no one has hacked US Special Operations Command’s information systems.” 

They are evaluating the scope and impact of the data exposure, as well as seeking to “understand the root causes of the exposure and why [the] problem was not detected sooner.” 

A spokesman in the Pentagon said, “DoD takes this matter very seriously and will incorporate all lessons learned from this event to strengthen its cybersecurity posture.” 

The Special Operations Command is responsible for counterterrorism and hostage rescue missions worldwide. 


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