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Mr. Charles Bright

Mr. Charles Bright

Director of Procurement SOF AT&L, U.S. Special Operations Command

Charles E. Bright is the Deputy Director of Procurement of the Headquarters U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), MacDill AFB, FL. Mr. Bright is responsible for assisting the Director of Procurement in overseeing 35 Headquarters Division and Field Contracting Offices procuring nearly $5 billion of special operations-peculiar equipment, services, and
supplies. He is also the Agency Advocate for Competition.

Mr. Bright started his federal contracting career in 1989 as a procurement intern at the Naval Coastal Systems Station. While working for the Navy, he was responsible for the award and administration of complex research and development contracts. In 1994, he transferred to USSOCOM. During his time at USSOCOM, he has been a contract specialist, contracting officer with an unlimited warrant, a procurement analyst, and Division Chief.

Career Chronology
1. May 1989 – September 1994, Contract Specialist, Naval Coastal Systems Station
2. September 1994 – September 1995, Contract Specialist, USSOCOM Directorate of Procurement
3. September 1995 – January 2000, Procurement Analyst, USSOCOM Directorate of Procurement
4. January 2000 – August 2003, Contracting Officer, USSOCOM Directorate of Procurement
5. August 2003 – March 2012, Division Chief and Contracting Officer, USSOCOM Directorate of Procurement

Major Awards
Ida M. Ustad Award for Excellence in Acquisition (2003)
Packard Award Winner (Two Different USSOCOM Programs)
USSOCOM Employee of the Year (1995)

Education and Other
1986 Bachelor of Business Administration, Florida Atlantic University, FL
1989 Masters of Business Administration, University of Central Florida, FL
Acquisition Professional Development Program (APDP) Level III in Contracting Member Acquisition Corp


  • 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.