Change Of Command For Special Operations Command And DOD Making Changes To Combat Casualty Care

By Leah Collins,

Tuesday, at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III; Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Army Gen. Richard D. Clarke, the outgoing commander; and Army Gen. Brian Fenton, the incoming commander attended a change of command ceremony for Special Operations Command.

“I know that your SOF truths are unique to this command, but they also drive at something that’s fundamental to our entire military,” Austin said during the change of command ceremony. “It’s this: The United States has the strongest fighting force in the world, and it’s not because we have superior weapons — although we do. It is not because we have better tactics — although we have those, too. Ladies and gentlemen, we are the world’s strongest fighting force because our people and the values that our people stand for are far and beyond what everybody else brings to the table.

The U.S. Special Operations Command has more than 5,000 troops deployed in 80 countries. Socom personnel were among the first in Afghanistan and led efforts to take down the Islamic State.

Austin noted the ceremony occurred on the one-year anniversary of the end of the war in Afghanistan.

Separate from Tuesday’s change of command ceremony, the Department of Defense announced, Tactical Combat Casualty Care, which implements best medical practices in battlefield trauma care, is replacing Self-Aid Buddy Care techniques for providing basic care to wounded airmen before they get to a medical facility.

TCCC was created by the Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care, which is composed of 42 voting members across the Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps. These members use research data and real-world expertise to develop the best practices for medical response.

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