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Brigadier General Kurt L. Sonntag
United States Army
Special Operations Command South
Brigadier General Sonntag assumed
command of Special Operations Command South on September 16, 2014.
As commander he is responsible to the commander of U.S. Southern Command for the
planning, employment and command of special operations in Central and South
Brigadier General Sonntag is a 1986 graduate of the United States Military
Academy where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree and was commissioned in
the Infantry. While in the infantry, he served as a Bradley Platoon Leader,
Scout Platoon Leader and S-3 Air while assigned to the 2nd Armored
Division. After attending the
Infantry Officer’s Advance Course and the Special Forces Qualification Course in
1991, he served as a Detachment Commander, Battalion S-4, Support Company
Commander and Company Commander in 3rd Battalion, 5th
Special Forces Group (Airborne).
After leaving the 5th Special Forces Group in 1997, he served as a
Company and Battalion Observer/Controller with the Special Operations Training
Detachment at the Joint Readiness Training Center.
Upon completing the Naval Command and Staff College at the Naval War College in
2000, he returned to the 5th Special Forces Group to command another
company, serve as a Battalion’s Executive Officer during Operation Enduring
Freedom in Afghanistan, and as the 5th Special Forces Group Executive
Officer. He also served as the
Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-West & Arabian Peninsula’s Chief of
Staff during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Following a brief assignment as the Chief of Joint and Army Concepts Division
for the Army Special Operations Battle Lab, BG Sonntag commanded 2nd
Battalion, 1st Special Warfare Training Group and served as the G-3
for the United States Army Special Forces Command.
After fulfilling his United States Army War College requirements in 2009, BG
Sonntag deployed to Pakistan to serve as the SOCCENT (Forward) – Pakistan
Commander in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Upon his return to Fort Bragg, he served as the United States Army Special
Operations Command Chief of Staff. He recently returned from a deployment where
he commanded an Inter-Agency Advisory Detachment in support of National Security
goals and objectives. BG Sonntag
then held the position of the deputy commanding general of the United States
Army Special Operations Command.
BG Sonntag holds a Masters Degree in Military History from Louisiana State
University as well as one in National Security Strategy Studies from the Naval
War College. BG Sonntag is also a
Harvard Kennedy School National Security Fellow.
He is married to the former Ms. Deirdre (Dee) Fahey from West Roxbury,