Dell L. Dailey
Dell L. Dailey
Ambassador at Large Dell L. Dailey in September 2008
|Coordinator for Counterterrorism|
June 22, 2007 – April 3, 2009
|President||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Henry A. Crumpton|
|Succeeded by||Daniel Benjamin|
|Born||Flandreau, South Dakota|
|Alma mater||Shippensburg University (MPA)|
United States Military Academy (BSc)
|Branch/service||United States Army|
|Years of service||1971–2007|
|Commands||Center for Special Operations|
Joint Special Operations Command
160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne)
1st Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne)
3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne)
War in Afghanistan
|Awards||Defense Superior Service Medal|
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal
Childhood and education
Dailey was born into an army family in Flandreau, South Dakota. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1971 and earned a master's degree in Public Administration from Shippensburg University in 1994.
Dailey served over 36 years on active duty in the United States Army, reaching the rank of lieutenant general. He participated in major military operations such as Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Uphold Democracy, Joint Guardian, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
After the September 11, 2001, attacks, Dailey directed the new Center for Special Operations, the military hub for all counterterrorism – United States Special Operations Command, at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida as well as running special operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. From 2001 to 2003, he headed the Joint Special Operations Command, a United States Special Operations Command sub-unit.
Dailey was appointed the Department of State's Coordinator for Counterterrorism on June 22, 2007. In this role he had the title of Ambassador at Large and was charged with coordinating and supporting the development and implementation of U.S. Government policies and programs aimed at countering terrorism overseas. As the principal advisor to the Secretary of State on international counterterrorism matters, he was responsible for taking a leading role in developing coordinated strategies to defeat terrorists abroad and in securing the cooperation of international partners to that end.