Benjamin D. Thornton, Select One

Lt. Cmdr., U.S. Navy

Course Facilitator Naval Leadership and Ethics Center
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LCDR Thornton is a native of Riverview, FL. He entered the Navy in 1999 and completed the rate training to become an Electronics Technician. In 2006 while on shore duty, he completed his BS from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and attended Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, FL. He was commissioned and ENS in the Supply Corps on March 30, 2007. His Sea tours include, Wardroom Officer aboard USS ESSEX (LHD2) and Supply Officer in USS SIMPSON (FFG56).
His Shore Tours Include, BFM at SPAWARLANT New Orleans, XO at MSC Office Diego Garcia, and Instructor at Naval Leadership & Ethics Center.

Areas of Expertise

  • Ethics

Professional Highlights


Graduate of USNWC

Graduate of the United States War College junior course.

Instructor of Leadership & Ethics

Teaches Leadership and Ethics to Naval Officers of all designators for the Naval Leadership & Ethics Center.


M.A., United States Naval War College, Defense & Strategic Studies

B.S., Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Electronics Systems Technologies

Awards and Decorations

Navy Commendation Medal
3 Awards

Navy Achievement Medal
4 Awards

Navy Enlisted Good Conduct Medal
2 Awards

News, Media, & Events


Former Naval War College president passes away

Jan. 19, 2018
News Publication

Current Strategy Forum: Technology, Innovation and Strategy

Jun. 12, 2018
8:00 a.m.
U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

Blue Hair in Gray Zone

Jan. 10, 2018
War on the Rocks
Article Publication

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