MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. --
Col. Dan R. Masur Jr. relinquished command of the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command, Marine Special Operations Regiment, to Col. Edward M. Jeffries Jr. during a change of command ceremony at the MARSOC headquarters building on May 27.
The MSOR provides tailored military combat-skills training and advisor support for identified foreign forces in order to enhance their tactical capabilities and to prepare the environment as directed by U.S. Special Operations Command as well as the capability to form the nucleus of a Joint Special Operations Task Force. Marines and Sailors of the MSOR train, advise, and assist friendly host nation forces - including naval and maritime military and paramilitary forces - to enable them to support their governments' internal security and stability, to counter subversion and to reduce the risk of violence from internal and external threats.
Masur arrived at MARSOC in the summer of 2007, as the assistant chief of staff G-8. On Nov. 18, 2008, Masur took command of the Marine Special Operations Advisor Group, which was later reorganized into the MSOR.
Although Masur has passed the reins as regimental commander, he will continue to serve with MARSOC in his next assignment as the assistant chief of staff G-3.
During the ceremony Masur thanked all in attendance and gave praise to the Marines and sailors of MARSOC.
“These Marines are awesome… They eat, breath and sleep the job without complaint,” Masur said. “Their main focus is how we do the job better. I have never seen an organization like this, where they push the envelope every single day.”
Jeffries, the new regimental commander, was assigned as the assistant chief of staff G-3 for 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, prior to assuming command of MSOR.
“This is an extremely humbling moment for me,” Jeffries said at the ceremony’s conclusion. “I am committed to doing the best I can in supporting this organization, and I’m so proud to be part of this organization. I will carry it to the next level.
“To the Marines, you have a superb reputation, and I look forward to working with each and every one of you to meet the challenges that lay ahead,” Jeffries added.