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6. William H. McRaven is a former United States Navy officer who last served as the ninth commander of the United States Special Operations Command from August 8, 2011, to August 28, 2014. From 2015 to 2018, he was the chancellor of The University of Texas System. McRaven previously served from June 13, 2008, to August 2011 as commander of Joint Special Operations Command and from June 2006 to March 2008 as commander of Special Operations Command Europe. In addition to his duties as COMSOCEUR, he was designated as the first director of the NATO Special Operations Forces Coordination Centre (NSCC), where he was charged with enhancing the capabilities and inter-operability of all NATO Special Operations Forces. McRaven retired from the U.S. Navy on August 28, 2014, after more than 37 years of service.

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The annual OSS Society Awards Dinner on Saturday will honor Admiral William H. McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command. (U.S. Navy)

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Marine Gen. James Mattis (left), commander of U.S. Central Command, and Navy Adm. William H. McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Marine Gen. James N. Mattis (left), commander of U.S. Central Command, and Adm. William H. McRaven (right), commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command, arrive on Capital Hill in Washington on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, to testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee on a review of the defense authorization request for fiscal 2014 and future years. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Marine Gen. James N. Mattis (left), commander of U.S. Central Command, and Adm. William H. McRaven (right), commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command, talk together on Capital Hill in Washington on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, before testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee on a review of the defense authorization request for fiscal 2014 and future years. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Sen. Carl Levin (left), Senate Armed Services Committee chairman, welcomes Navy Vice Adm. William H. McRaven (center), the nominee to become commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command, and Marine Lt. Gen. John Allen, nominee to become commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, at the start of confirmation hearings on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, June 28, 2011. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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President Barack Obama talks with U.S. Navy Vice Admiral William H. McRaven, who as commander of Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) had operational control of the mission to get Osama bin Laden, Friday, May 6, 2011, at Campbell Army Airfield in Fort Campbell, Ky. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)