Colonel takes over Marine Corps air operations in Afghanistan

Transferring the Colors

Brig. Gen. Gary Thomas passes the Marine Corps colors to Col. Scott Jensen during a change of command ceremony at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, Dec. 9. Marine Corps/Sgt. Bobby J. Yarbrough

A new commander is taking charge of Marine air operations in Afghanistan.

Col. Scott Jensen took command of 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (FWD) from Brig. Gen Gary Thomas, Dec. 9 during a ceremony aboard Camp Leatherneck in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

Jensen, who was the unit’s assistant wing commander, will run operations through February when 3rd MAW will take over in preparation for the final withdrawal of U.S. forces next year.

As operations are curtailed and Afghan forces assume more responsibility for local security, Marine units like 3rd MAW are adapting their command structures.

“Over the past several months, significant gains have been made in Regional Command (Southwest’s) area of responsibility,’ said Thomas in a Marine news release. “The Afghan National Security Forces continue to take great strides in taking the fight to the enemy and is daily increasing in its capabilities and strength.”

More changes in senior Marine leadership in Afghanistan are expected in the months to come.


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