SOCOM’s controversial head of diversity and inclusion is back in his job

June 18, 2021

A Special Operations Command official leading the organization’s diversity and inclusion programs has been reinstated following an investigation into social media posts disparaging former President Donald Trump, according to a SOCOM spokesman.

Richard Torres-Estrada came under fire almost immediately after being named to the job in March, after critics brought attention to a June 2020 Facebook post of a meme that compared Trump to Adolf Hitler.

“Mr. Torres-Estrada has resumed the duties of the Chief of Diversity & Inclusion for United States Special Operations Command after a USSOCOM commander-directed investigation into the circumstances surrounding his hiring concluded and found no violations of law or DoD regulation,” Ken McGraw told Military Times on Thursday.