USSOCOM Senior Enlisted Advisor to visit Cannon

(U.S. Air Force graphic/Staff Sgt. Whitney Amstutz)

(U.S. Air Force graphic/Staff Sgt. Whitney Amstutz)

Command Sgt. Maj. Thetford, US Special Operations Command senior enlisted advisor, has served in the United States Army for 34 years and brings 25 years of special operations enlisted leadership to nearly 70,000 USSOCOM personnel.

Thetford has deployed multiple times throughout his career, supporting Operation URGENT FURY, United Nations Operation in Somalia II, and Operations IRAQI FREEDOM, EW DAWN and ENDURING FREEDOM. He has also participated in peacekeeping operations in Bosnia. His experience and leadership throughout all of these deployments make Thetford an invaluable part of the SOCOM team.

Thetford’s broad education has also prepared him to lead SOCOM’s vast assortment of joint special operators. Throughout his career, Thetford has completed the Ranger Course, Jumpmaster Course, Military Freefall Jumpmaster Course, Special Forces Operations and Intelligence Course, Pathfinder Course, Special Forces Combat Diver Supervisor Course, USA Sergeants Major Academy, Senior Leaders Force Management Course, and Keystone Course. He also holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Social Science Studies and a Master’s of Corporate Security.

Thetford has performed with excellence throughout his career earning him several awards and decorations. These include the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with V-Device and 5 Oak Leaf Clusters, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Special Forces Tab, Combat Infantry Badge Second Award, Master Military Freefall Parachutist Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Special Ops Diver’s Supervisor Badge, and the Australian Parachutist Badge.

As the senior enlisted advisor, Thetford applies his knowledge and experience to bettering the SOCOM force. His top priority is assisting Gen Votel, SOCOM commander, in furthering the command’s priorities, which include: SOF Readiness, modernizing the force, optimizing human performance, preserving our force and families, and continuining to build global relationships.

Thetford will be visiting Cannon Air Force Base Jan. 6-8. During his visit, Thetford will be meeting with varioius enlisted ranks, visiting different units to gain a deeper understanding of our capabilities and challenges, and conducting an enlisted call.

We invite all enlisted members to join Thetford for his enlisted call from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Jan. 8 in Hangar 4610. Buses will be available to take Airmen from the North side of base.