DULUTH, MN – The University of Minnesota Duluth football team hosted General Joseph. L Votel at their Friday night practice ahead of their Military Appreciation Night game against St. Cloud State.
General Joseph L. Votel is a retired U.S. Army Four-Star officer and most recently the Commander of the U.S. Central Command — responsible for U.S. and coalition military operations in the Middle East, Levant and Central and South Asia. During his 39 years in the military he commanded special operations and conventional military forces at every level.
His career included combat in Panama, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Notably he led a 79-member coalition that successfully liberated Iraq and Syria from the Islamic State Caliphate. He preceded his assignment at CENTCOM with service as the Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command and Joint Special Operations Command.
“I think it’s really important, I think it’s really important for peopel that serve, whether it’s military, police, or firemen. It’s important for them to see public support for the things that they do. Sports is a great laboratory for life,” said Votel in an interview with KBJR 6.
“The things that people experience playing sports, whether it’s teamwork, being a leader, being supported or supporting. Learning to play hurt if that’s necessary and kind of putting the focus on the team and not the individual I think is a great laboratory for life.”