Special Operations Symposium to Recognize Dignitaries from Iraq and Spain

General Benoit Puga of France receives the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award.

“Many of these leaders are rising stars in their national militaries or governments.”

The Global Special Operations Forces (SOF) Symposium – US, hosted by the Global SOF Foundation annually in Tampa, Fla., traditionally features a Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony. During this event, an impactful individual from the global SOF community is honored for their contributions to special operations–past recipients include Admiral (Retired) William H. McRaven, U.S., General Sir Adrian Bradshaw, U.K., and General Benoît Puga, France.

At this year’s event, two men will be honored, both of whom were integral to the development of SOF in their home nations and have continued to contribute to the community throughout their storied careers.

Ambassador Pedro Morenés, Spanish Ambassador to the United States and Former Minister of Defense for Spain, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award following his Keynote Remarks on the afternoon of Feb. 20. In 2014, during his tenure as Spain’s Minister of Defense, Ambassador Morenés established Spain’s Joint Special Operations Command.

Staff General Talib Shigati Mshari Al Kenani, the Commander of the Counter Terrorism Service – International (CTS-I) for Iraq, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award on the evening of Feb. 20. Staff General Al Kenani directs all efforts in counter terrorism strategy for Iraq and current combat operations within Iraq against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. General Al Kenani will also participate in a panel, “Intelligence Sharing in Partnered Operations,” during the Symposium.

The Symposium takes place at Innisbrook Golf and Spa Resort in Palm Harbor, Fla….

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