Army special operations generals tapped for promotion

By Courtney McBride / May 9, 2018 at 10:27 AM

Several Army general officers were nominated for promotion on May 7.

Lt. Gen. Austin Miller, commander of Joint Special Operations Command and Joint Special Operations Command Forward, has been nominated for promotion to the rank of general. Miller has held his current position since March 2016.

While the Defense Department has not identified a billet for Miller, a potential destination is the top post at U.S. Special Operations Command. The current SOCOM commander, Gen. Tony Thomas, has held his post since March 2016. His predecessor, Gen. Joseph Votel, led SOCOM from August 2014 to March 2016 before departing to lead U.S. Central Command.

The Defense Department also announced yesterday that Air Force Lt. Gen. Scott Howell will assume command of JSOC.

Maj. Gen. Darsie Rogers has been tapped for a third star. Rogers heads Special Operations Command Central; he has held this position since October 2015.

Additionally, Maj. Gen. Bradley Becker, chief of the Office of Security Cooperation-Iraq, has been nominated for promotion to lieutenant general. Becker previously served as commanding general of the Military District of Washington.