Newcoming Staff and Cadre Members
Welcome to the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School. You are part of an elite group of individuals who have been chosen to shape the next generation of special-operations Soldiers. We are a unique organization that produces the most unique force in the Department of Defense; a force that is specifically trained and educated to shape foreign political and military environments by working with host nations, regional partners and indigenous populations.
You are joining a group of professionals who have a demonstrated willingness to learn, accept new responsibilities and who honestly believe that there is always a better way of doing business. I will ask the same of you.
At the USAJFKSWCS there is an uncompromising standard of excellence and personal behavior. It is my goal to create an environment where the best, the brightest and the most creative Soldiers and civilians are attracted, retained and empowered. To that end, I am dedicated to transparency in decision-making. Everyone who works here can expect to be treated with respect and civility. Our command climate is and will continue to be predicated upon candor, which simply put is that there exists an honest and sincere belief that there is always a better way of doing business, and if provided the opportunity, you are prepared to offer the solution.
Further, you will find that we have built an environment where you can comfortably argue for your recommendations. I need you, as a member of this organization, to tell me what I need to know, not what you think I want to hear.
At the end of the day, we need each individual assigned to SWCS to seek to make it better than they found it. We need you to continue to improve your skills and your talents while you are here. Remember, PROFESSIONALISM STARTS HERE and everything you say or do has a direct impact on the Soldiers we produce.
...Welcome to SWCS.
- Brigadier General Eric P. Wendt
Commanding General, U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School