COL (Ret.) Stu Bradin is the President and CEO of the Global SOF Foundation. He retired as a U.S. Army Special Forces colonel in May 2014 after over 32 years of service. Stu’s Special Forces assignments include service with elements of Joint Special Operations Command, as Deputy Director of Operations at Special Operations Command Europe, and extensive service with the 7th and 10th Special Forces Groups (Airborne). He commanded several SFODAs (“A-Teams”) and served as a battalion Operations Officer as well as the Company Commander of the counter terrorist unit designated as the CINC’s In Extremist Force. He participated in Operation Just Cause, served tours as an adviser in El Salvador and Peru, and is a veteran of multiple unconventional and other special operations with 10th SFG(A) in the Balkans and numerous locations in northern and central Africa.
In 2007, Stu was tasked with establishing the NATO Special Operations Coordination Center (NSCC), and on 1 March 2010 the NSCC was designated as the NATO Special Operations Headquarters, where Stu served as the Chief of Staff until June 2011. In 2011 he was in Afghanistan as the Director of the Special Operations Fusion Cell – a multinational Joint Interagency Task Force with 19 nations and 8 agencies supporting NATO SOF. Stu’s final assignment was Chief of the Expanding Global SOF Network Operational Planning Team tasked with making U.S. Special Operations Command a global combatant command.
Stu was a Latin American Foreign Area Officer and received a master’s degree in Latin American Studies from San Diego State University. He attended the School of Americas Command and Staff Course and was assigned to the School of Advanced Military Studies as one of the authors of the first version of FM 3.0, the Army’s Operations manual. Stu taught at the Command and General Staff College as a SOF Instructor with a mission to form the Special Operations Program. He lives in Lithia, FL with his wife, Kelly, and three daughters.
Ms. Meaghan Keeler-Pettigrew is the Chief Operating Officer of the Global SOF Foundation. Prior to her position with the Foundation, Ms. Keeler-Pettigrew was the Assistant Task Lead for CACI’s support to the Expanding the Global Special Operations Forces Network Operational Planning Team at U.S. Special Operations Command for over two years. In this capacity, Ms. Keeler-Pettigrew managed a team of writers, research associates, and strategic communicators. Previously, she worked in the Commander’s Action Group and Operations Directorate at U.S. Central Command, supporting the 4-star commander. Ms. Keeler-Pettigrew was also the Interim Executive Director and Events Coordinator for Women In International Security, a non-profit professional membership organization for women who work in international affairs. She holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. She lives in St. Petersburg, FL with her husband, Brett, and a daughter and son.
Ms. Chelsea Hamashin is the Director of Marketing for the Global SOF Foundation. Prior to her position with the Foundation, Ms. Hamashin spent over two years as a Public Relations Specialist for CACI’s support to the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) initiative at U.S. Special Operations Command. In this capacity, Ms. Hamashin developed multimedia products, managed TALOS strategic communications and coordinated critical collaborative events. Previously, she worked as a Digital Engagement Specialist and a Strategic Media Analyst supporting U.S. Special Operations Command. Ms. Hamashin holds a Master of Science in Marketing from the University of South Florida and a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from Flagler College. She lives in Tampa, FL.