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Thursday - Main Agenda



General Session: SOF Leaders Outside of SOF

11 May 2023
Marriott Water Street - Floor 2 - Grand Ballroom
General Sessions

What makes SOF successful is their teamwork, planning, and grit. They all have a mental toughness, and confidence coming from practice and preparation with the optimism and belief they will achieve. SOF pride themselves on their high levels of planning, performance, and their simultaneous dedication to mission accomplishment and teammates. SOF at all levels have an unquenchable zeal for learning, improving, and teaching other teammates. Adopting these SOF planning and leadership skill sets for any organization drives employee performance, innovation, teamwork, and engagement. The most successful people in any profession have the same attributes. These panelists will share their experiences leveraging SOF Skills in the private sector.

Command Sergeant Major (Ret.) William "Bill" Thetford , Program Manager - CACI
Command Sergeant Major Thomas Baird, Senior Enlisted Advisor - National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Mr. Nate Boyer, Co-Founder and President of the Board - Merging Vets and Players
Mr. Alejandro Villanueva, Lead NFL Analyst with FOX Deportes, Former NFL Player
Colonel Andrew R. Morgan, Astronaut, Army NASA Detachment - U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command
Mr. Edward Graham, Chief Operating Officer - Samaritan's Purse

  • 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.