Francis M. Beaudette

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Francis M. Beaudette
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1989–present
RankLieutenant General
Commands heldUnited 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
Battles/warsGulf War
Iraq War
War in Afghanistan
AwardsArmy 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.[1][2][3]

Military career[edit]

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.[4]

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).

Beaudette is a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College and the United States Army War College.[5][6][7][8][9][10]

Awards and decorations[edit]

Combat Infantry Badge.svg Combat Infantryman Badge
Image4246.gifMaster Parachutist badge (United States).svg Master Parachutist Badge
USAF - Occupational Badge - High Altitude Low Opening.svg Military Free Fall Parachutist Badge
Einzelbild Special Forces (Special Forces Insignia).svg Special Forces Tab
Ranger Tab.svg Ranger tab
Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svg Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
BW Sonderabzeichen Fallschirmspringer.png German Parachutist Badge in bronze
Canadian jump wings.png Canadian Jump Wings (non-operational)
United States Army Special Forces CSIB.svg 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne) Combat Service Identification Badge
SpecialForces Badge.svg 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne) Distinctive Unit Insignia
ArmyOSB.svg 6 Overseas Service Bars
Army Distinguished Service Medal
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Defense Superior Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Legion of Merit with three oak leaf clusters
Width-44 scarlet ribbon with width-4 ultramarine blue stripe at center, surrounded by width-1 white stripes. Width-1 white stripes are at the edges.Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Bronze Star Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Army Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Joint Meritorious Unit Award with oak leaf cluster
Valorous Unit Award
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star
Bronze-service-star-3d-vector.svgBronze-service-star-3d-vector.svgBronze-service-star-3d-vector.svg Southwest Asia Service Medal with three campaign stars
Bronze star
Kosovo Campaign Medal with campaign star
Bronze star
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star
Iraq Campaign Medal with Arrowhead device
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Army Service Ribbon
Award numeral 3.svg Army Overseas Service Ribbon with bronze award numeral 3
Bronze star
NATO Medal for ISAF with service star
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia) ribbon.svg Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) ribbon.svg Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)


  1. ^ "USASOC farewells Lt. Gen. Tovo, welcomes Lt. Gen. Beaudette".
  2. ^ "The Citadel Alumni Association".
  3. ^ "USASOC Headquarters Page".
  4. ^
  5. ^ "United States European Command".
  6. ^ "General Officer Assignments".
  7. ^ "Beaudette Assigned to Joint Special Operations Command". 10 September 2015.
  8. ^ "MG Francis Beaudette – New Commander of 1st Special Forces Command – SOF News". 28 July 2017.
  9. ^ Brooks, Drew. "1st Special Forces Command gets new leader".
  10. ^ "Deputy commanding general to leave for Fort Bragg".