Major General Daniel D. Yoo

Commander, Marine Forces Special Operations Command US Marine Corps

Major General Daniel D. Yoo assumed command of Marine Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) on 10 August 2018.  

He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Arizona State University. In March 1985, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps following completion of Officer Candidate School.

MajGen Yoo is a career Infantry officer. He has commanded at the Platoon, Company, Battalion, Regimental, Brigade, Division and Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) levels. He has experience at the Service, Component, Joint, Combined, and Coalition headquarters levels. MajGen Yoo has also served as G3 at MARSOC, Director of Operations (J3), United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), and as the Commander, Regional Corps Advisory Command Central (RCAC-C). He is a Marine Combatant Diver, a Military Freefall Parachutist, and a graduate of the U.S. Army Ranger School.

As a General Officer, MajGen Yoo has served as the Commanding General of Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego and Western Recruiting Region; the Commanding General, I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward); the Commanding General, Marine Expeditionary Brigade - Afghanistan and Commander, Regional Command (Southwest); the Assistant Division Commander and Commanding General, 1st Marine Division; and as Commander, Special Operations Command, Pacific (SOCPAC).

His Professional Military Education includes: Infantry Officers Course, Amphibious Warfare School; a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College; he was a National Security Affairs Fellow at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace, Stanford University; and served as the Commandant of the Marine Corps' Military Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York City.

Conference Day Two

Tuesday, January 1st, 2019


Maritime irregular warfare represents an enduring and mounting challenge as nations prepare to meet hybrid maritime threats. Amphibious forces and Special Forces are the first to respond to such activity, and so we are taking the opportunity here to examine the subject in greater depth in terms of specific mission requirements, geographical changes and humanitarian operations. Topics under consideration will include:

  • Understanding the future requirement of amphibious force for a range of missions
  • The importance of a flexible amphibious option within humanitarian missions
  • How sea-level rise will impact future maritime special operations

Check out the incredible speaker line-up to see who will be joining Major General Daniel.

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