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8+ yrs, Operation Manager, SERE Level C, U.S. Army Ranger Special Operations, USSOCOM SORDAC and RDECOM, TS/SCI


Date of Clearance Adjudication:
October 01, 2011

April 27, 2015 – Indefinite


Current Passport:
Stephen Brian Tidwell
Expiration Date – November 01, 2024

English – Speaking: Native, Reading: Expert, Writing: Expert

Desired Location:
Stateside – NC

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Career Summary:

Goal-oriented U.S. Army Ranger Special Operations Sergeant First Class offering a decade of leadership from a position of strength, focus, and results. Accomplished senior training and development manager with expertise in Army Special Operations, international, and homeland security. Organized and disciplined, with ability to prioritize and achieve organizational objectives in austere and diverse environments.  Successful track record of exceeding goals, ability to establish rapport at all levels, laser-like focus and attention to detail.  Hold active TS/SCI security clearance.



Key Accomplishments:

√ė¬† Excelled in a leadership and training role for department-level and below security teams on search and rescue operations, hostage rescue, high-risk entry, patrolling techniques, biometrics, and small-unit tactics.


√ė¬† Successfully managed 15+ technology projects and $10 million budget leveraged multiple commands based on input and recommendations from USSOCOM SORDAC and RDECOM labs.


√ė¬† Served as US Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) Technology Assessment Unit (TAU) Science and Technology (S&T) Advisor, combat developer, commodity leader for Visual Augmentation Systems (VAS), and technology evaluator for all Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 1-5 technologies for VAS, Target Engagement, and Soldier Systems.


√ė¬† Researched and developed technology GAPs for USASOC Army Special Operations Forces (ARSOF) 2022 vision.



–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Areas of Expertise¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬†¬† –


Leadership         Supervision       Budgeting          Project management       Security Technology     Training & Development



Professional Experience:




Army Ranger Special Operations Sergeant First Class (E-7) ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 2004 ‚Äď June 2015

United States Army                                                           




Ranger Operations Manager¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 2013 ‚Äď Present


United States Army Special Operations Command Science and Technologies Division              Technology Assessment Unit                                                                          Ft. Bragg, NC


  • Command the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) Tactical Assault Lightweight Operator Suit (TALOS) initiative for United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC).
  • Meticulously oversaw more than $10 million in future optical projects as subject matter expert in small unit tactics and special operations forces.
  • Led Special Operations Research, Development, and Acquisition Center (SORDAC) and USASOC Optical Programs.
  • Leveraged sound operational expertise to advise U.S. Army R&D team on future capability spending for Army Special Operations Forces (ARSOF) Visual Augmentation Systems (VAS), and precision guided small arms capabilities.
  • Expertly analyzed 500+ broad agency announcements as a member of source selection board and made spending and project management recommendations for $18 million budget.
  • Architected seven USSOCOM and Naval Post-Graduate School (NPS) Technology Evaluation (TE) events to advised small business owners and Fortune 500 companies on upcoming future special operations forces technologies and uses.





Battalion Master Breacher/Force Modernization NCO                                  2012-2013


United States Army Special Operations Command


75th Ranger Regiment, 3rd Ranger Battalion                                                    Ft. Benning, GA                                                 


  • Managed regimental master breacher course. Result: Certified 68 Army Rangers in advanced demolitions techniques, charge employment, mechanical, and ballistic procedures.
  • Oversaw special duty pay of 140 slotted ‚ÄúMaster Breacher‚ÄĚ positions, including monthly training requirements, and critical logistics needed to guarantee unit‚Äôs readiness.


·       Spearheaded modernization projects and served as program manager for all force modernization evaluations, projects, functional tests, and equipment procurement.


·       Organized and resourced all unit new equipment training.




Team Chief of Ranger Team, Squad, and Weapon Sections                                    2005-2012


United States Army Special Operations Command


75th Ranger Regiment, 3rd Ranger Battalion                                                    Ft. Benning, GA


  • Flawlessly maintained 100% accountability and serviceability for $400,000 worth of section equipment and $20 million worth of deployed property during ten hazardous conflicts.


·       Spearheaded 50+ advanced marksmanship and close quarter marksmanship training courses for 40+ employees, ensuring a more effective fighting force.


·       Updated unit marksmanship training doctrine from extensive operational experience. Result: Doctrine later adopted as part of standard operating procedure and used in training and hazardous conflicts.


·       Led organization’s advanced military and non-standard vehicle driving and recovery operations training. Result: Increased personnel knowledge in day/night driving, low visibility maneuvering, emergency, and recovery operations.


·       As Ranger Weapon Section Leader and Ranger Convey Commander, controlled eight mine-resistant/ambush-protected vehicles and ten M1126 Stryker ICVs valued at $58 million in an operational environment.


·       Commanded three-man crews for vehicle movement operations, maintenance, navigation and route planning, logistics, and convoy operations.


·       Successfully coached 115 Rangers through two regimental marksmanship instructor courses, increasing overall proficiency of 900-person organization.







Graduate of the prestigious United States Army Ranger School and Jumpmaster Course




Training and Certifications:


Advanced demolitions, marksmanship, vehicle operations, and hand-to-hand combat


United States Army Survival-Evasion-Resistance-Escape (SERE) (Level C) Course


United States Army: Introductory Leader Development, Leadership and Management Development, and Advanced Leadership and Management Development courses.



Technology Skills: 




√ė¬† Proficient in PowerPoint, MS Word, Excel, Outlook, SharePoint, TIGR, FalconView, and GoogleEarth.