Joint Special Operations Task Force - Gulf Cooperation Council (JSOTF-GCC)
The Joint Special Operations Task Force - Gulf Cooperation Council (JSTOF-GCC) is based at the Naval Support Activity - Bahrain in Juffair, Manama, Bahrain. Its mission is to provide training and assistance to the special operations forces of the nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC): Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.
Brought into the public eye by Wired.com's Danger Room in January 2012, JSOTF-GCC is likely the product of consolidation of previous special operations forces command and control entities located in Bahrain and elsewhere in the region dating back at least to the 1990s. The first of these was Special Operations Command and Control Element - Bahrain (SOCCE-Bahrain), which existed along with companion SOCCEs in Kuwait and Qatar, also GCC countries. SOCCE-Bahrain subsequently transformed into Special Operations Command (Forward) - Bahrain.
Previous unclassified reference to JSTOF-GCC can be found in a Headquarters, Department of the Air Force briefing on Air Force Contingency Contracting made by Lieutenant Colonel Bill Braden on 27 April 2010 (in which it is described as "Joint Special Operations Task Force - Geographic Combatant Command") and in a presentation by Colonel Joe Osborne, US Army, at the time the Director of the Irregular Warfare Directorate at SOCCENT on 8 February 2011 to the 22nd Annual Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict Symposium & Exhibition put on by the National Defense Industrial Association (where the acronym is not defined). The existance of the task force and its nomenclature were confirmed in a criminal complaint filed on 6 August 2012 by the US Government in the US District Court for the District of Colombia against James F. Hitselberger, who worked as a contractor for Global Linguist Solutions, LLC in support of JSOTF-GCC and was subsequently charged with unlawfully removing and retaining classified information from a secure location.
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