36th Contingency Response Group welcomes new commander Published July 15, 2008 By Airman 1st Class Carissa Wolff 36th Wing Public Affairs ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- The Change of Command for the 36th Contingency Response Group was held at the Parade Grounds located in front of the 36th Wing Headquarters building here on Andersen Air Force Base July 8. Incoming commander, Col. Daniel Settergren was previously stationed at Hurlburt Field, Fla. At Hurlburt Field he was the Chief of the Programming Division at Headquarters Air Force Special Operations Command. Colonel Settergen's operational experience includes the C-21A Learjet and two different special operations combat weapon systems; the MC-130E COMBAT TALON, and the MC-130H COMBAT TALON II. He is an expert in the employment of special operations airpower and has served as a joint staff officer for Special Operations Command, Atlantic Command where he was the lead planner for special operations participation in JCS-directed Joint Task Force-level exercises. Colonel Settergren has also been awarded several awards to include the Meritorious Service Medal. Outgoing commander, Col. Kevin Kersh has commanded the 36th CRG for two years. As commander he incorporated more than 30 different jobs into one close-knit team, and ensured the 36th CRG was a rapid-deployment unit designed at the initiative of Air Force leadership to be a "first-in" force to secure an airfield and establish and maintain airfield operations. The 36th CRG was created specifically to respond to the growing number of fast-moving contingency deployments today's Air Force experienced in the Western Pacific. Colonel Kersh was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal for his two years of service to Andersen AFB. The 36th Contingency Response Group's mission is to train, organize, equip and lead cross functional forces providing initial Air Force presence and a potentially austere forward operation location as directed by the commander of the Pacific Air Forces.