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Rear Adm. Chatfield named president of Naval War College

HAGÅTÑA — Rear Adm. Shoshana Chatfield, commander of the Joint Region Marianas, will be the next president of the U.S. Naval War College, replacing Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harley.

Navy Secretary Richard Spencer announced Chatfield’s appointment Friday, following Harley’s removal from the institution’s top post last week.

Shoshana Chatfield

The Associated Press reported last week that Harley was under investigation for allegedly “spending excessively, abusing his hiring authority and otherwise behaving inappropriately, including keeping a margarita machine in his office.”

“Rear Admiral Chatfield is a historic choice for the Naval War College. She is the embodiment of the type of warrior-scholar we need now to lead this storied institution as it educates our next generation of leaders,” Spencer said in the Navy’s prepared statement.

Chatfield oversees the military buildup on Guam and Tinian.

A native of Garden Grove, California, Chatfield was named commander of Joint Region Marianas based on Guam in 2017. She will be the first female president in the institution’s 135-year history.

Chatfield graduated from Boston University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and French Language and Literature.

According to her biography on the Navy website, Chatfieldhe received her commission through Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps in 1988 and earned her wings of gold in 1989. She was assigned to west coast Helicopter Combat Support Squadrons, serving in HC-1, HC-3, HC-5 and twice in HC-11 before making the move to the Helicopter Sea Combat community.

Operationally, she flew the SH-3, CH-46D & MH-60S and deployed in helicopter detachments to the Western Pacific and Arabian Gulf supporting Carrier Strike Group and Amphibious Ready Group Operations.

Ashore, she participated in the Joint Staff/OSD Internship Program, augmenting the Joint Staff, Plans and Policy or J-5 Directorate, Central & Eastern European Branch; was assigned as deputy executive assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations; was senior military assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe; and was the United States deputy military representative to the NATO Military Committee.

Chatfield was awarded the Navy’s Political/Military Scholarship and attended the Kennedy School of Government, receiving a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University in 1997. She served as assistant professor of political science at the United States Air Force Academy from 2001-2004. In 2009, the University of San Diego conferred upon her the degree of Doctor of Education.

Chatfield was the 20th commanding officer of HC-5 and, upon its disestablishment, the first commanding officer of HSC-25, the Island Knights. She subsequently commanded a joint provincial reconstruction team in Farah Province, Afghanistan, in 2008 and was type wing commander of HSC Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet from 2011-2013.