Welcome to the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School—more
commonly known as SWCS. 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 ask the same of you.

At SWCS, there is an uncompromising standard of excellence and personal
behavior. It is my goal to create an environment that attracts, retains, and
empowers the best, the brightest, and the most creative Soldiers and Civilians.

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. Simply put, 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 make it better
than they found it. Continue to improve your skills and 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 Guillaume "Will" Beaurpere

Commanding General, U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School


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