Mulholland, Losey honored for service to Special Operations Forces


ARLINGTON, VA – Retired Army Lt. Gen. John Mulholland Jr. and retired Navy Rear Adm. Brian Losey have been chosen for the highest honors of the Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict (SO/LIC) Division of the National Defense Industrial Association, the Arlington, VA-based nonprofit defense industrial group announced today.

Mulholland will receive the R. Lynn Rylander Award, named for a Defense Department civilian and a founder of the SO/LIC division, who was an advocate and activist for Special Operations Forces. Losey will receive the DeProspero Lifetime Achievement Award, named for retired Army Col. Albert DeProspero, who served in Special Forces and is another founding member of the SO/LIC division, as well as supporter and advocate of the Special Operations community.

These awards, presented annually, recognize each man’s distinct contribution of lasting impact in Special Operations, low-intensity conflict and irregular warfare. The awardees will be recognized during a banquet Tuesday, Feb. 28, the first day of the 29th annual SO/LIC Symposium & Exhibition at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington.

Mulholland retired from the Army in 2015 after a 37-year career, during which he held several commands in Special Operations. In his last Army position, he was deputy commander of U.S. Special Operations Command before becoming associate director for military affairs at the Central Intelligence Agency. Most recently, he founded Mulholland Consulting LLC in Arlington.

Losey retired from the Navy in 2017 after a 33-year career, mostly spent in Special Operations. In his last Navy position, Losey led the Naval Special Warfare Command, home of the elite Navy SEALs and Special Warfare Combatant Craft Crewmen. He is now a partner at Shield AI of San Diego, CA.

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