The Special Operations Communicators Association (SOCA) was formed in 2006. Since our early organization, we have transformed SOCA into what it is today. SOCA is now Incorporated in North Carolina and is the official 501c(19) Veterans Organization of the Joint Communications Unit (JCU).
Over the years, we have accomplished what we believe are some pretty important initiatives. We were proud to help gain support and raise funds to donate to the Support Warren Campaign that helped a very sick little boy get a much needed operation procedure. In April 2011, a series of storms and tornadoes swept across North Carolina. SOCA put together a special disaster relief donation campaign for our local victims. We supported the family of a Navy Seal Communicator who was KIA in Afghanistan through special donations collected by SOCA and in-turn donated 100% of these funds to the Jared Day Memorial Fund. In September of 2011, JCU member GySgt Christopher E. Cunningham was involved in a tragic traffic accident that eventually took his life. Throgh the very generous donations to us for his family, we were able to raise money that paid for various funeral and memorial ceremony expenses.
Through our organization, we provide many benefits for our verteran members of the Joint Communications Unit, Alumni and family members. Some of these benefits include; Annual scholarship awards program, annual Young Patriot essay contest, quarterly Service Member and Civilian Member of the Quarter awards, annual Service Member and Civilian Member of the Year awards, Annual JCU Anniversary Ball, annual JCU Children's Christmas party, Deployed member care packages during the holidays. We also constructed the JCU Memorial and gifted it to the unit in 2017.
SOCA relies almost 100% on sponsor donations for our two annual fundraisers. It is because of our sponsorships that these two events can be organized and provide such a good time for all. All proceeds remaining will in-turn support all the benefits listed above.
Joint Special Operations 10K- The JSO 10K has for many years been run on Fort Bragg. From its very humble beginnings, it has continued to grow and attract more participants each year. The setting for the 10K is the area behind McKellar's Lodge (Training Area K). It is completely off road, the course is sandy, muddy, hilly and very challenging. We offer a 5K fun walk as well on the same course for families and children to come out and enjoy the day with us. Soon after the completion of the race, we have an awards ceremony and provide refreshments. For complete details, please visit our JSO 10K page.
SOCA Golf Tournament- The SOCA Golf Tournament is an annual fundraiser held at the Beautiful Carolina Lakes Golf Club in Sanford, NC. The tournament is not widely publicized because of the limits on golf teams. The tournament is mostly full of sponsor teams and is our way of showing how important they are to our organization. Through our sponsor donations, we invite four soldiers every year from the Warrior Transition Battalion on Fort Bragg to join us as guests for the day. Their day is free and they are placed as individuals on four sponsor teams. For complete details, please visit our Golf Tournament page.