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Frank J. Toney

Brigadier General

Commander, Special Operations Command Central

Born in Tampa, Florida in 1950, General Toney attended Arkansas State University on an athletic scholarship. He graduated in 1972 as a Distinguished Military Graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree and a Regular Army Commission in the Infantry. General Toney also holds two Masters Degrees, one in Management and another in Public Administration from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri, obtaining Distinguished Graduate status in both curriculums. During his three decades of military service, General Toney has held a variety of conventional and Special Operations assignments, to include: the 7th Psychological Operations Group (Airborne) and the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Okinawa, Japan; the 1st Armored Division in Germany; the 2nd Battalion, 75th (Ranger) Regiment at Ft. Lewis, Washington; the 5th Special Forces Group and the US Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. General Toney went on to command the 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) in combat during Operation DESERT STORM; and he commanded the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in support of Operation SUPPORT HOPE in Rwanda, Africa. General Toney then was assigned as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations of the US Army Special Operations Command, and in 1996 he assumed command of the Special Operations Command Central, at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, with responsibility for all Special Operations Forces deployed to 20 Middle Eastern nations. General Toney’s awards and decorations include: the Ranger Tab, the Special Forces Tab, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Master Parachutist Badge, and numerous foreign and US medals and decorations, to include the Bronze Star and the Legion of Merit.