Lieutenant Colonel David Hensel assumed command of the Atlanta Recruiting Battalion on 29 June 2020. He was commissioned from the U.S. Military Academy in 2001 as an Infantry Officer. His first operational assignment was in 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. While assigned to 2-505th PIR as a Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer, he conducted deployments to Afghanistan and to Iraq.
Upon completion of the Special Forces Qualification Course in 2006, LTC Hensel was assigned to 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Okinawa, Japan, where he served as a Detachment Commander and as the Battalion Assistant Operations Officer. From Okinawa, he conducted operational deployments to Iraq and to numerous locations throughout the Indo-Pacific region.
Following his tour with 1-1st SFG(A), LTC Hensel deployed to Iraq in 2011 as a Stability Transition Team Advisor, working at the Kurdish Regional Government / Iraqi National Government Combined Coordination Center in Kirkuk. He then attended the Command and General Staff College Ft. Belvoir Campus, followed by civilian graduate school under the General Wayne A. Downing Scholarship Program.
LTC Hensel’s next assignment was with 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Carson, Colorado, where he served as a Company Commander, Battalion Operations Officer, and Group Operations Officer, completing three deployments to Europe in support of Operation ATLANTIC RESOLVE.
Most recently, LTC Hensel served at the Pentagon in the Joint Staff J3, Deputy Directorate for Special Operations.
LTC Hensel holds a Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Military Academy, and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University. His military schooling includes the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Infantry Captains’ Career Course, Command and General Staff College, Ranger School, Airborne School, Jumpmaster School, Special Forces Qualification Course, Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) Level C Course, Special Operations Language Course – Tagalog, and the Combat Diver Qualification Course.