Lieutenant General (Ret.) is a Venture Partner with top VC firm General Catalyst. He retired from the United States Air Force in August 2021 after a 34 year career, including most recently as commander of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), from July 2018 to June 2021. In his role at JSOC, Lt. Gen. Howell oversaw military operations across multiple theaters, and was responsible for the readiness and mission execution of highly-specialized military forces of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines. Before JSOC, he served as the Vice Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command with a focus on organizing, training, and equipping more than 70,000 U.S. Special Operations personnel operating in more than 85 countries. In this role he led acquisition, budgeting, programming, and fiscal processes for USSOCOM with the military services, Joint Staff, and Office of the Secretary of Defense. Before that, Lt. Gen. Howell commanded all Coalition special operations forces in Afghanistan. Lt. Gen. Howell is a guest lecturer at Vanderbilt University and is active with The Vanderbilt Project on Unity & American Democracy. He is a CAPSTONE Senior Fellow at National Defense University. He is a Board advisor to several public and private emerging technology, AI, software and aerospace companies, and a Board member of the Special Operations Foundation.