The 1st Special Forces Command welcomed a new commander MG Fran Beaudette who took over from MG James Kraft in a ceremony at Ft. Bragg, NC last week.
Lt. Gen. Kenneth E. Tovo, the commander of U.S. Army Special Operations Command, oversaw the change of command.
Tovo said the command, provisionally activated in May 2014, was meant to combine the nation’s regionally orientated special operations capabilities within a single headquarters that would then be able to deploy to support wars around the world.
Under Kraft’s leadership, the 1st Special Forces Command was officially approved in October 2016. Later that year, it received orders to deploy to Iraq to oversee special operations forces based in Iraq, Syria and Jordan while fighting the Islamic State.
The command deployed about a month later.
Tovo compared Kraft’s job to building an airplane in flight.