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Army Lt. Gen. Joseph Votel assumed command of Joint Special Operations Command from Vice Adm. William H. "Bill" McRaven in a 3 p.m. ceremony held Friday at Fort Bragg, N.C., according to U.S. Special Operations Command.
As JSOC commander, Votel will be in charge of the military's most elite and secretive special operations units and missions. JSOC controls, for operational purposes, special mission units such as the Army's 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment - Delta, more commonly known as Delta Force, the Navy's SEAL Team 6, more often known as Naval Special Warfare Development Group, or DevGru, and the Air Force's 24th Special Tactics Squadron, as well as several other even more secret units. The Army's 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) and 75th Ranger Regiment (in which Votel had several assignments) also support JSOC.
It was a JSOC task force that conducted the raid into Pakistan that killed Osama bin Laden on May 1, under the direction of CIA head Leon Panetta.
President Obama has nominated McRaven to replace Adm. Eric Olson as commander of U.S. Special Operations Command.
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