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USSOCOM Awards Ceremony and Dinner


USSOCOM Awards Ceremony and Dinner


The USSOCOM Awards Ceremony and Dinner is a longstanding highlight of USSOCOM's annual conference.

It features several awards, including The Bull Simons Award, which was first awarded in 1990. The award recognizes recipients who embody “the true spirit, values, and skills of a Special Operations warrior.” Col. Arthur “Bull” Simons, whom the award is named after, was the epitome of these attributes.

The evening will commence with a cocktail reception followed by a seated dinner program prepared by celebrity Chef Robert Irvine. 

Attendance requires a ticket, which will be limited and sold first-come, first-served.

2024 USSOCOM Annual Awards Dinner Keynote Speaker

ADM (Ret.) McRaven

ADM (Ret) William H. McRaven

William H. McRaven is a retired United States Navy four-star admiral who served as the ninth commander of the United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM) from August 8, 2011 to August 28, 2014. From 2015 to 2018, he was the chancellor of The University of Texas System.

McRaven served from June 13, 2008 to August 2011 as commander of Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) and from June 2006 to March 2008 as commander of Special Operations Command Europe (SOCEUR). In addition to his duties as COMSOCEUR, he was designated as the first director of the NATO Special Operations Forces Coordination Center (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 September 1, 2014, after more than 37 years of service.

Award Descriptions

Service Member of the Year Award

The United States Special Operations Command Service member of the Year Award is presented annually to an enlisted Member who has demonstrated exceptional performance in his or her primary duty and superior leadership. 

Dr. Christian J. Lambertsen Award

The Dr. Christian J. Lambersten Award for Operational Innovation was established by the Commander, United States Special Operations Command, in 2011 to recognize those individuals whose audacity, insight, and ingenuity embody innovation as an enduring operational skill and hallmark of the Special Operations Forces (SOF) mindset and culture. 

Excalibur Award of Excellence

The Excalibur Award was established by the Commander, United States Special Operations Command, in 1997 to recognize enlisted individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, gallantry, integrity, and moral courage during military operations or training. 

United States Special Operations Command Medal

The United States Special Operations Command Medal was established by the Commander, United States Special Operations Command, in 1994 to recognize individuals for their outstanding contribution to, and support of, special operations around the world during war and peacetime operations. 


  • We are extremely excited to convene the community at SOF Week 2024. This convention for U.S. and International SOF will include a diverse slate of programs, to include professional development sessions, interactive discussions about the future of SOF, and an up-close view of some of the best tech available to our warfighters. GSOF looks forward to working with USSOCOM to make SOF Week 2024 an impactful event.
    Stuart Bradin
    President and CEO, GSOF


Co-sponsorship of this event does not imply endorsement of GSOF, its services, or products by the United States Government, the Department of Defense, or U.S. Special Operations Command.