Adm. William McRaven, retiring from the Navy after 37 years of honorable service, said Thursday that the United States is in “the golden age of Special Operations,” citing his troops’ work around the globe not only in fighting “barbaric” militant groups but in stabilizing conflict areas and teaching human rights. The admiral’s comments came as he stepped down and was replaced by Army Gen. Joseph Votel after serving as USSOCOM chief for more than three years.
Before taking over USSOCOM, McRaven planned the Navy SEAL raid into Pakistan that killed terrorist leader Osama bin Laden on May 2, 2011. At the time, he was the three-star commander of Joint Special Operations Command, a component of USSOCOM that oversees the military’s most elite special operators.
Fair Winds and Following Seas Admiral McRaven.