COMMANDING OFFICER, SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND SOUTH
Brigadier General Antonio M. Fletcher was born in Camden, South Carolina. He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1989 and was commissioned in the United States Army as an Infantry Second Lieutenant. BG Fletcher began his Army career in the 197th Infantry Brigade at Fort Benning, Georgia where he served until 1995. His assignments included duty as a Rifle Platoon Leader, Scout Platoon Leader, HHC Executive Officer, and Battalion Maintenance Officer.
After graduating the Special Forces Qualification Course in 1996, BG Fletcher was assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) where he served as a Company Executive Officer and Special Forces Detachment Commander in Alpha Company, 1st Battalion. From 1999 to 2001, BG Fletcher served as the company commander for the Special Forces Assessment and Selection in 1st Battalion, 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne). Following graduation from the Command and General Staff College in 2002, BG Fletcher returned to the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) to command Alpha Company, 1st Battalion. Subsequent assignments in 7th Group included duty as the 1st Battalion Operations Officer, Group Operations Officer, and Deputy J3 for the Group’s initial Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force - Afghanistan (CJSOTF-A) rotation in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.
In August 2005, BG Fletcher was assigned to the United States Army Special Forces Command (Airborne) and served as G3, Chief of Operations Division. During this assignment, BG Fletcher rejoined 7th Group as the J3 for CJSOTF-A from February to August 2006.
From September 2006 to March 2009, BG Fletcher commanded 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, during which he deployed forces throughout the USSOUTHCOM area of responsibility and to Afghanistan. In Afghanistan, he served as Commander, Special Operations Task Force 73, comprised of Army, Air Force, Marines, and Afghan Special Operations Forces. Following command, BG Fletcher was assigned to the United States Army Special Forces Command (Airborne) and served as the G3, Director of Operations.
From July 2010 to June 2011, BG Fletcher attended the Marine Corps War College, earning a Master’s degree in Strategic Studies. In July of 2011, BG Fletcher assumed command of 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Eglin Air Force Base, FL. This command included a rotation as the Commander of CJSOTF-A in Afghanistan. Following command, BG Fletcher served from 2013-2015 as the Chief of Staff for the 82nd Airborne Division, and the 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne) (Provisional) which included a tour as the Deputy Commander for the Special Operations Joint Task Force – Iraq. From 2016-2017, BG Fletcher served as the Deputy Commander, Special Operations Joint Task Force – Afghanistan. From August 2017 through May 2018, BG Fletcher served as the United States Southern Command’s Director of Strategy, Policy, and Plans (J5). BG Fletcher assumed command of Special Operations Command South in June of 2018.
BG Fletcher is a Department of Defense Liaison to the Florida International University Center for Leadership, and is an ex-officio member of its Board of Advisors as an official military duty. As such, BG Fletcher may discuss matters of mutual interest, but his opinions do not bind the DoD or any of its components.
BG Fletcher’s awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, and the Army Achievement Medal. He has earned the Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, and the Ranger and Special Forces Tabs.
BG Fletcher is married to the former Shirley M. Harvey. He and his wife have two children: Malcolm (19) and Sydney (16).