Carl B. Jensen

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Carl B. Jensen
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Major General Carl B. Jensen
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1975 to present
Rank Major General
Commands held

Major General Carl B. Jensen is a United States Marine Corps general officer who commands Marine Corps Installations East.[1]


Carl B. Jensen graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism, and also holds a Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College. Major General Jensen was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1975 through the Platoon Leaders Course.

After completing The Basic School, Jensen entered flight training and was designated a Naval Aviator in August, 1977. Afterwards, he reported to the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, where he was assigned to HML-167, Marine Aircraft Group 29, and served in a variety of billets including Ground Safety Officer, Intelligence Officer, and Adjutant. Subsequently, Jensen was assigned to HMH-461 as the Intelligence Officer for an amphibious deployment to Norway, and upon return received orders to 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines in Okinawa, Japan where he served as the Air Liaison Officer and H&S Company Commander.

Returning from overseas, he attended Amphibious Warfare School from 1981 to 1982, and was then reassigned to the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing where he served in HMLA-167, HMM-365, HMM-261, and MAG-26 Headquarters. During this tour, he graduated from the Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron-1 Weapons & Tactics Instructor course and held numerous billets including Flight Line Officer, Assistant Operations Officer, Operations Officer, and Group Weapons & Tactics Officer.

From 1987 through 1990, Jensen attended the Armed Forces Staff College, and was subsequently assigned to the Department of Aviation in the Aviation Plans, Programs, and Budget Branch, Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC). During 1990 and 1991, he deployed with MAG-50 as the Weapons & Tactics Officer in support of Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Following the conflict, Jensen served alternately as the Executive Officer and then Commanding Officer of HMLA-367, and also as the aviation combat element Commander of Special Purpose MAGTF (Philippines) during the U.S. withdrawal from NAS Subic Bay.

After squadron command, Jensen became the Executive Officer of MAG-39, and subsequently attended the National War College from 1995 to 1996. Following school, he was assigned to The Joint Staff Pentagon, as the Strategic Plans Branch Chief in the J-5 Strategy Division. During 1998, Jensen then received orders to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Headquarters, and subsequently commanded MAG-39 from 1999 to 2001.

Ribbon cutting for ESG 3, RADM Balmert (left) and MajGen Carl Jensen, USMC (right), April 2007

Following his MAG-39 command tour, Major General Jensen returned to the Pentagon for assignment as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development & Acquisition), Expeditionary Forces Programs. Jensen was then assigned as the Deputy Director for Operations, J-3, Joint Staff, in the National Military Command Center. In 2004, Jensen assumed concurrent responsibilities as the Commander, Marine Corps Air Bases Western Area, and also the Commanding General, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, San Diego, California.

In June 2005, Jensen assumed command of Expeditionary Strike Group Three and deployed in 2006 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom. During this deployment, he twice served as Commander Task Force 158, commanding all Coalition Naval and Marine forces operating in the North Persian Gulf and Iraqi territorial waters. Further, he served as Commander Task Force 59, leading the Joint non-combatant evacuation of American citizens from Lebanon in the summer of 2006.

In January 2006, Jensen was nominated for promotion from Brigadier General to the rank of Major General.[2]

In July 2007, Major General Jensen became Deputy Commander, U. S. Marine Corps Forces Command,[3] and in 2008, took his current position.


Jensen's personal decorations include:

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Bronze oak leaf cluster
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Gold star
Gold star
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Silver star
Naval Aviator Badge
Defense Superior Service Medal w/ 1 oak leaf cluster Legion of Merit Meritorious Service Medal Air Medal w/ Strike/Flight numeral "1" Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal w/ 2 award stars Joint Meritorious Unit Award w/ 1 oak leaf cluster Navy Unit Commendation w/ 2 service stars Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 service star Southwest Asia Service Medal w/ 2 service stars Global War on Terrorism Service Medal Korea Defense Service Medal
Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon w/ 5 service stars Arctic Service Ribbon Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia) Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Biography on MCI-East website
  2. ^ "General Officer Announcements". DefenseLink News. U.S. Department of Defense. January 17, 2006. Retrieved 2007-05-06. 
  3. ^ 2007 Official Marine Corps biography.


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