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Center for Security Forces Holds Change of Command Ceremony

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Story Number: NNS080711-01
Release Date: 7/24/2008 5:00:00 PM

By Darryl Orrell, Center for Security Forces Public Affairs

NORFOLK (NNS) -- The Center for Security Forces held a change of command ceremony July 24 at the Snug Harbor Ballroom aboard Naval Amphibious Base in Norfolk.

Capt. Mark A. Kohart relieved by Capt. Peter H Jefferson as commanding officer. Rear Adm, Gary R. Jones, commander, Naval Education and Training Command, Jones, served as guest speaker.

Jefferson, a graduate of McGill University and native of Hampton Falls, N.H., was commissioned in 1985 after attending Aviation Officer Candidate School. He also attended the Naval War College where he earned his Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies.

His previous operational assignments included Naval Airborne Early Warning Squadrons VAW 120, VAW 121, VAW 126, and VAW 113 deploying aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), USS Mount Whitney (LCC/JCC 20), USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 72), USS Enterprise (CVN 65), USS John Stennis (CVN 74) and USS George Washington (CVN 73). Staff and shore assignments included Commander, 2nd Fleet staff, Joint Forces Intelligence Command, where he was designated a Joint Services Officer, and his current assignment at the OPNAV staff, Navy Enterprise Office in Washington.

Kohart, a graduate of Pennsylvania State Univ., will retire after 26 years of active duty service. Significant accomplishments during his tenure as commanding officer includes: Led Navywide efforts to create curriculum, infrastructure and manning for the first Expeditionary Combat Skills Course, delivered in early fiscal year 2007, in support of the Navy Expeditionary Combat Enterprise (NECE). Led Navywide efforts to successfully incorporate expeditionary war fighting skills into the Master-at-Arms "A" School curriculum in support of the NECE. Obtained national accreditation for the Center, and all subordinate learning sites and courses, from the Council on Occupational Education (COE) in June, 2007. Led efforts that successfully realigned the Survival Evasion Resistance Escape (SERE) School to the NETC domain, and completion of a comprehensive review of the Navy Code of Conduct/SERE program. This review resulted in the delivery of a standardized SERE curriculum that also included the newly mandated Core Captivity/Full Spectrum Captivity curriculum. Led the development of a training continuum in support of the Navy's new Riverine Forces mission undertaken in February 2007, a mission not seen since the Vietnam conflict. Today, all Navy Riverine forces receive their initial training at the Center's learning site in Camp Lejeune, N.C. Led joint service, multi-echelon, rewrite of Navy Individual Augmente Combat Training (NIACT) curriculum, delivering a product ensuring all IA's receive the combat skills training required for deployment into the CENTCOM AOR.

The Center for Security Forces is comprised of 16 learning sites and employs 523 military, civilian, and contract personnel. Its mission is to produce disciplined, motivated, physically fit and tactically proficient Sailors who embody Navy Core Values, and are fully prepared to augment combat security forces around the world and provide other functions and tasks as assigned by higher authority. This is accomplished by instilling the requisite antiterrorism warfare mindset in each and every student from enrollment through graduation to create the world's premier security force founded on a continuum of personal and professional growth.

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