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Command Sergeant Major (Ret.) William

Command Sergeant Major (Ret.) William "Bill" Thetford

Program Manager, CACI

Thetford currently serves on Team CACI as a Project Manager supporting the SOF Community. Before CACI he served in Special Operations for over 35 years, with duty at both the Ranger Regiment and Special Missions Unit, before his selection to serve as a Senior Enlisted Leader at JSOC, SOCOM and in his final military assignment, as the Command Senior Enlisted Leader of U.S. Central Command.

Mr. Thetford has extensive combat experience and deployed multiple times throughout his career.  He participated in Operations Urgent Fury, Grenada; Gothic Serpent-Task Force Ranger, Mogadishu, Somalia, and Operations Iraqi Freedom, New Dawn, and Enduring Freedom in the Middle East. 

In October of 1993, while assigned to Task Force Ranger in Mogadishu, Somalia Mr. Thetford was actively engaged in the battle depicted in Black Hawk Down and ran the now famous Mogadishu Mile.  For his actions that day, he earned the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation’s second highest award for valor.


  • We are extremely excited USSOCOM selected GSOF to co-sponsor its newly envisioned “SOF Week” in 2023. SOF Week will be a national convention for U.S. SOF and include a more diverse slate of programs, to include professional development sessions, operator-driven discussions, and family-focused conversations. In 2020, GSOF was designated as a National Military Association by the U.S. Department of Defense, and we look forward to working with USSOCOM to make “SOF Week” 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.