COL (Ret.) Stu Bradin is the President and CEO of the Global SOF Foundation. He retired as a U.S. Army Special Forces colonel in May 2014 after over 32 years of service. Stu’s Special Forces assignments include service with elements of Joint Special Operations Command, as Deputy Director of Operations at Special Operations Command Europe, and extensive service with the 7th and 10th Special Forces Groups (Airborne). He commanded several SFODAs (“A-Teams”) and served as a battalion Operations Officer as well as the Company Commander of the counter terrorist unit designated as the CINC’s In Extremist Force. He participated in Operation Just Cause, served tours as an adviser in El Salvador and Peru, and is a veteran of multiple unconventional and other special operations with 10th SFG(A) in the Balkans and numerous locations in northern and central Africa.
In 2007, Stu was tasked with establishing the NATO Special Operations Coordination Center (NSCC), and on 1 March 2010 the NSCC was designated as the NATO Special Operations Headquarters, where Stu served as the Chief of Staff until June 2011. In 2011 he was in Afghanistan as the Director of the Special Operations Fusion Cell – a multinational Joint Interagency Task Force with 19 nations and 8 agencies supporting NATO SOF. Stu’s final assignment was Chief of the Expanding Global SOF Network Operational Planning Team tasked with making U.S. Special Operations Command a global combatant command.
Stu was a Latin American Foreign Area Officer and received a master’s degree in Latin American Studies from San Diego State University. He attended the School of Americas Command and Staff Course and was assigned to the School of Advanced Military Studies as one of the authors of the first version of FM 3.0, the Army’s Operations manual. Stu taught at the Command and General Staff College as a SOF Instructor with a mission to form the Special Operations Program. He lives in Lithia, FL with his wife, Kelly, and three daughters.
Ms. Meaghan Keeler-Pettigrew is the Chief Operating Officer of the Global SOF Foundation and a Senior International Security Fellow at New America. Prior to her position with the Foundation, Ms. Keeler-Pettigrew was the Assistant Task Lead for CACI’s support to the Expanding the Global Special Operations Forces Network Operational Planning Team at U.S. Special Operations Command for over two years. In this capacity, Ms. Keeler-Pettigrew managed a team of writers, research associates, and strategic communicators. Previously, she worked in the Commander’s Action Group and Operations Directorate at U.S. Central Command, supporting the 4-star commander. Ms. Keeler-Pettigrew was also the Interim Executive Director and Events Coordinator for Women In International Security, a non-profit professional membership organization for women who work in international affairs. She holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. She lives in St. Petersburg, FL with her husband, Brett, and a daughter and son.
Ms. Chelsea Hamashin is the Director of Marketing for the Global SOF Foundation. Prior to her position with the Foundation, Ms. Hamashin spent over two years as a Public Relations Specialist for CACI’s support to the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) initiative at U.S. Special Operations Command. In this capacity, Ms. Hamashin developed multimedia products, managed TALOS strategic communications and coordinated critical collaborative events. Previously, she worked as a Digital Engagement Specialist and a Strategic Media Analyst supporting U.S. Special Operations Command. Ms. Hamashin holds a Master of Science in Marketing from the University of South Florida and a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from Flagler College. She lives in Tampa, FL.
CDR (Ret.) Stephen Jones is the Director of Partner Relations for the Global SOF Foundation. Prior to his position with the Foundation, Stephen served in the United States Navy for over 20 years as a Naval Aviator and Commanding Officer. During his military career, he accumulated over 3,000 flight hours in multiple rotary and fixed-winged aircraft in support of numerous campaigns worldwide. During his Major Command tour, he was a by-name-request from the Commander, USSOCOM to support the Expanding the Global SOF Network Operational Planning Team as a strategic planner. In this capacity, Stephen coordinated the development of a Special Operations Aviation Training Center and course of instruction to increase the SOF aviation capacity and capabilities of our allied partners to support the global fight against terror.
Stephen holds a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and two Master’s degrees from the University of West Florida and the Naval Postgraduate School. Next, Stephen is attending the Harvard Kennedy School where he will earn a Master’s in Public Administration in the spring of 2018. His professional experiences span Foreign Military Sales, defense financial management, acquisitions, and contracting. FAA ratings include: Commercial Pilot, Airplane Single Engine Land, Airplane Multi-Engine Land, Rotorcraft-Helicopter, Instrument Airplane, Instrument Helicopter, FAA First-Class Medical, Bell 206, Sikorsky S-80, and the Lockheed L-382. He lives in Cambridge, MA with his wife, Camille, and daughter.
CSM (RET) Richard “Rick” Lamb is the Director of Military Relations for the Global SOF Foundation. He has over forty years of experience executing Joint, Combined and Interagency Special Operations. He led soldiers in operations traversing the tactical level to the strategic, in over thirty-seven countries, across five Continents, and in six Geographic Combatant Commands. He spent more than twelve years overseas and participated in almost every major combat operation spanning Operation EAGLE CLAW through Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.
Rick served in in two Ranger Battalions, four Special Forces Groups, two Theater Special Operations Commands, and Joint Special Operations Task Force – Horn of Africa. Following military service, he was selected by the United States Special Operations Command to participate in a program designated Special Operations Forces for Life. He cross trained as a Defense Intelligence Agency analyst and joined a small team of interagency experts in an innovative effort to rapidly gain actionable intelligence for emergent man-hunting operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.
As a member of the Expanding Global SOF Network Operational Planning Team he helped create an International Directorate within USSOCOM and integrated twenty-four Allied Officers from seventeen Partner Nations into trans-regional planning initiatives. This ground breaking initiative had significant and direct impact on Operation INHERENT RESOLVE and Operation GALLANT PHOENIX.
During his most recent assignment with Special Operations Command – Korea, Rick was instrumental in negotiating the assignment of a Republic of Korea Exchange Officer to USSOCOM, implemented the rotational force structure required to successfully execute the Korea OPLAN, and integrated United Nations Sending State partners into select Special Operations planning initiatives and exercises. He also assisted Republic of Korea Special Operations Forces in transforming their force structure and lift capabilities to meet the increased threat posed by North Korea.
Rick is a recipient of the Silver Star Medal and the Purple Heart; the Joint Civilian Commendation Medal, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joint Meritorious Civilian Service Medal. He is a member of the USSOCOM Commando Hall of Honor and the Ranger Hall of Fame, as well as a recipient of the Veterans of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) Award of Excellence, and the USSOCOM Arthur “Bull” Simons Award for lifetime achievement.
Rick lives in Tampa, Florida with his wife of thirty-one years Heiran; and is the proud father of two grown children.
Ms. Catlyn Smith is the Membership Services Manager for the Global SOF Foundation. Prior to her position with the Foundation, Ms. Smith spent two years in event planning supporting defense-focused events such as Modern Warfare Expositions, Military Police Regimental Association Expositions, CBRN Expositions, and GSF Symposiums. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Florida International University. She lives in Riverview, FL.