John Carney

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Colonel John T. Carney Jr. has more than 30 years of professional experience, including 15 years commanding both Air Force and joint-service Special Operations units assigned to the Joint Special Operations Command, the Air Force Special Operations Command, and the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM).

Colonel Carney's efforts in support of the Special Operations Community are well documented and spans more than two decades. He was at the forefront of operations planning and tactical execution of each and every mission involving our nation's Special Operations Forces (SOF) since the mid-1970's, including the Iranian hostage rescue mission in 1980, as well as special operations missions conducted in Grenada, Panama, Iraq, and Kuwait. During this period, he fielded professionally organized, trained, and equipped forces and developed comprehensive, combat-tested force employment procedures that continue to guide today's operations. His contributions were integral in paving the way for the successful rejuvenation of a solid national-level Special Operations capability.

In 1994, Colonel Carney was inducted into the Air Force Air Commando Hall of Fame and, in 1996, the Commander in Chief, USSOCOM presented Colonel Carney with the United States Special Operations Command Medal for outstanding contributions to Special Operations. He is a frequent lecturer at the Army Command and Staff College, Air War College and an adjunct instructor at the Air Force Special Operations School. In 2002 he co-authored "No Room for Error" telling the story of Special Tactics from Iran to Afghanistan.

In 2003, the National Defense Industrial Association's Special Operations and Low Intensity conflict Division awarded Colonel John Carney the 2003 R. Lynn Rylander Award for his outstanding service, dedication, and leadership to the special operations community.

In 2007, Colonel Carney's accomplishments earned him another prestigious honor “the Bull Simons Award" which recognizes special operators who embody the true spirit, values and skills of a special operations warrior, and named after the legendary Col. Arthur Bull Simons.

Colonel Carney has been involved with the Warrior Foundation since its inception in 1980 and is currently the President/CEO of the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, a top-rated nonprofit foundation that provides funding for college scholarships to the surviving children of Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps Special Operations Forces members who lost their lives in operational or training missions. The foundation also provides immediate financial assistance to severely wounded special operations personnel so their loved ones can be bedside during their recovery. Under Colonel Carney's leadership, in less than ten years, the Foundation's assets have grown from $800,000 to $29 million, thus ensuring the four-year college educations for more than 800 surviving children of fallen special operations warriors.

Name of Business / Organization
Special Operations Warrior Foundation


United States
27° 55' 34.8528" N, 82° 30' 47.4192" W


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