1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne) to welcome new commander July 2

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FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, June 26, 2009)- The men and women of the 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne) will welcome a new commander July 2, as Col. Mark S. Lowe relinquishes command to Col. Jack J. Jensen during an 8:30 a.m., ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza.

Jensen comes to 1st SWTG (A) after graduating from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at National Defense University, Washington, D.C. No stranger to the unit he will command, Jensen served previously as the Training Group operations officer and commanded the Group’s 1st Battalion from May 2004 to June 2006.

“Jack is a consummate Army Special Operations professional, he knows how our regiments work both on the field of battle and in the halls of the Pentagon,” said Maj. Gen. Thomas R. Csrnko, commander of the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School. “And I know that our Civil Affairs, Psychological Operations and Special Forces students will have no greater trainer, leader and advocate than Jack Jensen.”

Following completion of the Special Forces Qualification Course in 1991, Jensen served with the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and deployed to Turkey and Northern Iraq in support of Operation PROVIDE COMFORT II. Jensen deployed to Afghanistan with the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) in 2003 and to Iraq with the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in 2006.

Lowe departs the command after two years of significant change for 1st SWTG (A), including a reorganization of the Special Forces Qualification Course and increased production requirements for the Special Forces and Civil Affairs branches.

“Mark Lowe’s impact on the three regiments that we train and develop cannot be accurately measured now,” Csrnko said. “His astute leadership has set the Training Group on a course for long-term success that the Army Special Operations community deserves.”

The 1st SWTG (A) is responsible for the initial and advanced training for the Army’s Civil Affairs, Psychological Operations and Special Forces branches, as well as advanced skills such as Military Freefall parachuting, combat diving and advanced close quarters combat. The group is also home to the Department of Defense’s second largest language school.

The 1st SWTG (A) is one of two institutional groups within the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, sharing instruction duties with the Special Warfare Medical Group (Airborne), with both units assigned to USAJFKSWCS.

News media interested in covering the change of command ceremony should RSVP by 4 p.m., July 1 with the USAJFKSWCS Public Affairs Office at 910-396-9394 or pao_swcs@soc.mil.
 
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