Washington -- Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer announced June 14 that Rear Admiral (lower half) Shoshana S. Chatfield will be the new president of the Naval War College.
She is currently serving as Commander, Joint Region Marianas.
“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,” said Spencer.
“As our Education for Seapower (E4S) Study noted, our capacity for critical thinking in an age of increasing complexity will be our most important strategic advantage. Admiral Chatfield will play a pivotal role in leading the War College as it integrates into the new Naval University system we are now establishing to foster a culture of continuous learning in the naval services.”
Chatfield will be the first woman president in the history of the Naval War College. She earned her doctorate in education from the University of San Diego. She is a naval aviator (helicopters) who commanded at both the squadron and wing levels. She also served as a Provincial Reconstruction Team Commander in Farah Province, Afghanistan.
A career helicopter pilot, she previously commanded the Providers of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 5, the Island Knights of Guam’s Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 and Helicopter Sea Combat Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
Ashore, she led a Provincial Reconstruction Team in Afghanistan’s Farah Province.
A native of Garden Grove, California, Chatfield is a 1987 graduate of Boston University. She was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps in 1988 and was pinned as a naval aviator a year later.
Between 2001 and 2004 she served as an assistant professor of political science at the Air Force Academy.
She earned a Master of Public Administration degree in 1997 from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of San Diego a dozen years later.
Established in 1884, NWC is the oldest institution of its kind in the world. More than 50,000 students have graduated since its first class of nine students in 1885 and about 300 of today's active duty admirals, generals and senior executive service leaders are alumni. (NNS/Navy Times)