I began my military career in March 1985 as a conscript in the Dutch Marine Corps, spending nine months on Aruba after successfully completing my basic training and graduating at the top of my class. Four years later I transferred to the Royal Netherlands Army.
After two years of intensive training, I was promoted to second lieutenant and held my first officer posting as an Armored Infantry Platoon Commander in the 43rd Mechanized Infantry Battalion. Future training would allow me to serve in the Air Mobile Infantry and hold several leadership positions within 13th Air Mobile Battalion “Regiment Stoottroepen.”
In 1997 I moved to the Royal Netherlands Army’s personnel services where I fulfilled various positions at the battalion and brigade level, before becoming Head of the Current Office, G3 Branch, of the 43rd Mechanized Brigade Staff in Havelte in 2008.
I was deployed to Uruzgan (Afghanistan) in 2010 where I worked as the Staff Officer Information Operations within the TFU VIII staff. This was my third deployment after Dutchbat III in Bosnia (1995) and Task Force Fox in Macedonia (2002). After returning from Afghanistan, I became a senior researcher at the Dutch Veterans Institute.
In 2013 my journey would take me back to Havelte to become the head of the G1 Branch of the Brigade Staff, after which I would eventually hold positions at the Land Training Center, the Land Warfare Center, and again at the Dutch Veterans Institute.
After completing my personnel studies at the University of Applied Science in 1999, I earned my degree in Labor and Organizational Psychology (2005), allowing me to teach courses on leadership and ethics as a university lecturer at the Royal Netherlands Military Academy.
Supporting a Great Cause
I totally agree with the famous words spoken by U.S. President John F. Kennedy during his Inaugural Address, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” These words fuel my desire to always contribute to great causes.
When you purchase Three of the Last WWII Screaming Eagles, 100% of the proceeds go to benefit WWII Beyond the Call, a non-profit dedicated to preserving the legacies of our WWII Veterans.
Besides learning about the incredible heroes of this book, you will ensure our WWII Veterans sacrifices for our freedom are never forgotten through these amazing documentaries.
I hope you consider supporting my ambitious endeavors by purchasing a copy for yourself or your colleagues or by donating a copy to a school or university near you.
Hopefully this small effort to help will lead others to address the needs in their communities, especially as it relates to our military veterans.
Other Books by LTC Jos Groen
De sobats van Co Groen
"De Sobats van Co Groen" is the story of my father and his mission as a conscript soldier in the former Netherlands East Indies in 1949 and 1950.
Task Force Uruzgan
Task Force Uruzgan focuses on the leadership skills and experiences of 23 junior Dutch officers I served with in Afghanistan. (Dutch Version)
Junior Leadership in Afghanistan
Junior Leadership in Afghanistan is the revised English translation of my second book, Task Force Uruzgan orginally published in 2012.