President Obama has nominated Colonel Sean M. Farrell, commander of the 1st Special Operations Wing and installation commander at Hurlburt Field, for promotion to brigadier general, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Tuesday.
Col. Farrell is responsible for preparing Air Force special operations forces for missions worldwide in support of Army, Navy, Marine and allied special operations forces and USAF counterparts. The wing’s mission includes infiltration, resupply, air refueling, and precision fire support, employing over 70 aircraft including the AC-130U/J, MC-130H, CV-22B, U-28A and PC-12. These capabilities support a variety of special operations missions including direct action, unconventional warfare, special reconnaissance, counterterrorism, personnel recovery, psychological operations and information operations.
As installation commander, Colonel Farrell oversees the base support for the wing’s four groups and 24 squadrons, as well as over 30 tenant units including Headquarters Air Force Special Operations Command, the Air Force Special Operations Warfare Center, 24th Special Operations Wing, 505th Command and Control Wing, 361st Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance Group, and 823rd RED HORSE Squadron. As host wing commander, he also liaises with eight military affairs councils, a robust honorary commander program and local officials across a 3-county, 11-city region with a military economic impact of $1.2 billion annually.
Colonel Farrell graduated from Florida State University in 1990 and received his commission as a distinguished graduate through ROTC in 1990. He is a command pilot with over 3,500 hours in the AC-130H, AC-130W, AC-130U and C-130E aircraft, and has flown combat missions in Bosnia and Afghanistan. He has commanded expeditionary operations up to the group level.