Small Wars Journal

Dave Betz


Dave Betz was assigned to 5th SFG (A) and served as the Senior Weapons Sergeant, Intelligence Sergeant, Operations Sergeant, First Sergeant, S-3 SGM and Company SGM.  He was the Senior Enlisted Advisor for USSOCOM Spe­­cial Operations Knowledge and Futures, CSM for 1/5 SFG (A), SOTF-North Iraq and the SOCCENT Cultural Engagement Group (CEG).  CSM David Betz retired from the Army as the Joint Special Operations University Command Senior Enlisted Leader.  He currently is a contractor in the private sector.  Dave Betz’s education includes:  Ranger School Class 12-84, the Special Forces Qualification Course, and the Keystone Course.  He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Excelsior College and a Masters of Arts degree in Business Management and Leadership from Liberty University.  He has served in numerous campaigns and deployments to include:  Operation Desert Shield/Storm, Operation Restore Hope in Somalia, Haiti, Operations Iris Gold, Desert Spring, Desert Fox in Kuwait, Operation Enduring Freedom Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom I, II, III and V.

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