Bennet S. Sacolick
Lieutenant General Bennet S. Sacolick enlisted in the United States Army in 1981 and retired 35 years later as a Lieutenant General.
His first assignment was as an infantryman in the 2/75th Ranger Battalion, prior to attending Officer Candidate School (class 03-82,) where he was commissioned an Infantry Officer and assigned to the 1/509th Airborne Battalion Combat Team in Vicenza, Italy. He then attended the Special Forces Qualification Course and as was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces in the Republic of Panama.
LTG Sacolick was a career Special Forces Officer who commanded at every level, from detachment through division, to include commanding the Army’s most elite fighting force, 1st SFOD-D (Delta Force), and the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, the Army’s Special Operations Center of Excellence. LTG Sacolick served as the first Deputy Director for Defense at the Central Intelligence Agency’s Counter Terrorism Center and completed his career as the Director for Strategic Operational Planning at the National Counterterrorism Center where he assessed national counterterrorism and countering violent extremism strategies and led interagency planning efforts resulting in Presidential Directives and Executive Orders.
LTG Bennet Sacolick has conducted operations in more than 35 countries, spanning 4 continents. He participated in combat operations in El Salvador, Peru, Colombia, and Named Operations; JUST CAUSE (Panama), DESERT STORM (Middle East), TF RANGER (Somalia), JOINT ENDEAVOR (Bosnia), ENDURING FREEDOM (Afghanistan), and IRAQI FREEDOM (Middle East).
Lieutenant General Bennet S. Sacolick has completed: Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Special Forces Qualification Couse, Defense Language Institute (Spanish), United States Army Command and General Staff College, and the National Clandestine Services Graduate Studies program while serving as an Army Fellow at the Central Intelligence Agency.
His military awards and decorations include: the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, Army Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal (2 Oak Leaf Cluster), Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal (2 Oak Leaf Cluster), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (Oak Leaf Cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (Oak Leaf Cluster), Joint Service Commendation Medal (Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Commendation Medal (Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Achievement Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge (with Star), Master Parachutist Badge, Military Free Fall Parachutist Badge, Special Operations Diver Badge, Ranger Tab, Special Forces Tab.
Bennet and his wife, Joyce, are happily married and retired to Pinehurst, North Carolina.