CORONADO, Calif. (NNS) -- Naval Special Warfare Group (NSWG) 1 staff held a change of command ceremony aboard Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, June 28.
Capt. Todd J. Seniff relieved Capt. Collin P. Green as commander, NSWG-1.
Green assumed command of NSWG-1 in June 2011 and led the command through numerous historical events including the drawdown of forces in Iraq, the establishment of the U.S. Forces Central Command Crisis Response Element, and the 50th Anniversary of the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) community.
The event's guest speaker, Rear Adm. Brian L. Losey, commander, Naval Special Warfare Command (WARCOM), praised Green for being "the right leader for this time" at NSWG-1 by "establishing a culture of focusing on the basics: core skills and leadership."
"In the last two years under Commodore Green's leadership, [NSWG-1 Staff] transitioned nine subordinate commands and detachments comprised of more than 1,800 people across the globe," said Losey. "I get excited just thinking about all the great changes that have occurred."
Losey praised the strength and devotion of Green's wife Alyssa and their four children throughout Green's career and command. Losey then took a moment to commend Green's successor at NSWG-1. "I could not have more trust and confidence in your abilities," said Losey. "It's a great day for you to assume command."
After receiving the Legion of Merit for his actions as NSWG-1 commander, Green took the podium and recognized NSWG-1 staff, its components, as well as friends and family in attendance.
"The real key to job satisfaction is to like and respect the people you work with, have passion for what you do, and love the place you live," said Green. "I have truly had that here as the commander at Group ONE."
Green went on to pay special recognition to the family members of the NSW members who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
"The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike and yet, not withstanding, go out to meet it," said Green. He added that these men may have been shaped as warriors by NSW, but all were "gifts to our nation from great families that produced men of courage and conviction... these men were who they were because of their families."
After the official reading of their orders and striking and breaking of the Commodores' pennants, Seniff assumed command as NSWG-1's 24th Commodore.
"My job is to prepare the finest, extreme environmental special operations force in the world," said Seniff. "That's a proud Group ONE tradition and that is something I will carry on. I will dedicate all my efforts to those forward from here, to those in the fight, and to the supporting families in that ubiquitous and essential role back here."
Seniff, a native of Guilford, Conn., received his commission from Officer Candidate School in Newport, R. I. in July 1989. He graduated from Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training in 1990. Previous to assuming command of NSWG-1, Seniff was the Chief of Staff for WARCOM.
Green, a 27-year veteran, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1986. He has served all over the world and in various capacities within the Naval Special Warfare community. Green's next tour will be with a Special Operations Joint Task Force scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan.
Commissioned in 1963, NSWG-1 is a subordinate command of Naval Special Warfare Command. Consisting of seven component commands and seven detachments under its claimancy including all West Coast-based SEAL Teams, they are tasked with manning, training, educating, equipping, deploying, and sustaining naval special warfare forces to support U.S. national interests.
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