Francis M. Beaudette
Francis M. Beaudette
|Service/||United States Army|
|Years of service||1989–present|
|Commands held||United States Army Special Operations Command|
1st Special Forces Command (Airborne)
1st Special Forces Group
1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group
Special Operations Task Force 10
Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines
War in Afghanistan
|Awards||Army Distinguished Service Medal|
Defense Superior Service Medal (3)
Legion of Merit (4)
Bronze Star Medal (4)
Francis M. Beaudette is a United States Army lieutenant general who serves as Commanding General of the United States Army Special Operations Command headquartered at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He was commissioned in 1989 as an Armor Officer through the Reserve Officers' Training Corps program at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina.
Beaudette's early career included posting to Germany as a Battalion Assistant S-2, M1A1 tank crewmember and Armor Platoon Leader, he also deployed to Saudi Arabia and Iraq during Operation Desert Storm. After completing the Special Forces Qualification Course in 1995 he was first assigned to the 3rd Special Forces Group where he commanded 2 Detachments and the Headquarters Company as well as serving as Assistant S-3; this was followed by assignments as Aide de Camp to the Commanding General of the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School and to the Deputy Commanding General of U.S. Forces in Kosovo during Operation Joint Guardian. Moving to the 10th Special Forces Group at Fort Carson, Colorado he served as a Company Commander and again deployed to Kosovo, he was also a Battalion Executive Officer and Group Operations Officer and deployed to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Beaudette next moved to the Pentagon serving on the Joint Staff in the J3 Deputy Directorate for Special Operations, then served as Commanding Officer of 1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group at Stuttgart, Germany and also lead Joint Task Force 10 in Afghanistan. Returning to Fort Bragg he was G3 and Chief of Staff at Army Special Forces Command then assumed command of 1st Special Forces Group and later, Joint Special Operations Task Force – Philippines; He next served as Executive Officer to the Commander in Chief of United States Special Operations Command.
Beaudette's General Officer assignments include Deputy Commanding General of the 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss, Texas and Deputy Commanding General for Support of the Joint Special Operations Command as well as heading up United States Central Command (Forward) in Jordan; most recently he served as Commanding General of 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne).
Awards and decorations
- "USASOC farewells Lt. Gen. Tovo, welcomes Lt. Gen. Beaudette".
- "The Citadel Alumni Association". secure.citadelalumni.org.
- "USASOC Headquarters Page". www.soc.mil.
- "United States European Command". www.eucom.mil.
- "General Officer Assignments".
- "Beaudette Assigned to Joint Special Operations Command". 10 September 2015.
- "MG Francis Beaudette – New Commander of 1st Special Forces Command – SOF News". 28 July 2017.
- Brooks, Drew. "1st Special Forces Command gets new leader".
- "Deputy commanding general to leave for Fort Bragg".