Gabriel E. Soltero, Select One

Capt., U.S. Navy

Military Professor Strategy and Policy Department
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Biography

Capt Soltero is a native of San Juan, PR. He received his commission in 1994 through the NROTC program at Rice University, where he graduated with a BA in history and political science. He was designated as a naval aviator in 1996 and assigned to fly the H-60 helicopter. Capt Soltero has completed multiple overseas deployments and accumulated over 4000 flight hours. He commanded HS-15 at NAS North Island, CA and HSC-25 at Andersen AFB, Guam. He is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval War College, where he earned an MA in National Security and Strategic Studies. He also holds an MA in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Areas of Expertise

  • International Relations
  • Leadership
  • National Security
  • Search and Rescue

Professional Highlights

2016

Military Professor, Department of Strategy & Policy

Teach graduate level courses on strategy and policy as tools of statecraft. Students are mid-career military officers from the US and other nations.
2014

Commanding Officer, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25

Responsible for the combat readiness and mission accomplishment of a sea-going helicopter squadron encompassing 400 personnel and 12 aircraft based at Andersen AFB, Guam
2012

Graduate Student, U.S. Naval War College

Full-time student in the College of Naval Warfare. Earned a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies (conferred with distinction).
2011

Commanding Officer, Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron 15

Responsible for the combat readiness and mission accomplishment of a sea-going helicopter squadron encompassing 200 personnel and 7 aircraft based at Naval Air Station North Island, CA.
2010

Executive Officer, Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron 15

Deputy Commander of a sea-going helicopter squadron encompassing 200 personnel and 7 aircraft based at Naval Air Station North Island, CA.
2008

Kosovo Desk Officer, Allied Joint Force Command Naples, Italy

Served as the Commander's representative in Kosovo, establishing liaisons with other stakeholders in the are such as the UN, EU and other organizations to fulfill NATO's mandate of maintaining a Safe and Secure Environment.
2006

Operations Officer, Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron 4

Responsible for the planning and execution of short and long term operations in a sea-going helicopter squadron
2005

Assistant Air Operations Officer, Commander, Strike Force Training Pacific

Planned and evaluated integrated exercises involving various naval units in order to assess their readiness for deployments overseas.
2004

Deputy Director, Joint Search & Rescue Center, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar

Deputy in charge of cell managing all search and recovery operations involving US military personnel in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Horn of Africa.
2001

Instructor Pilot, Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron 10

Instructor pilot charged with teaching new aviators how to tactically employ the H-60 helicopter.

Education

M.A., The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University, 2003, International Relations

M.A., U.S. Naval War College, 2014, National Security & Strategic Studies

B.A., Rice University, 1994, History and Political Science

Awards and Decorations

Legion of Merit

Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Meritorious Service Medal

Air Medal
2 Strike/Flight

Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal

Joint Service Achievement Medal

Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal

Various unit & campaign awards

News, Media, & Events

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23rd International Seapower Symposium

Sep. 18, 2018
8:00 a.m.
U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841
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Cheer Up Admiral Sims!! There Still is No Naval War College

Apr. 20, 2018
U.S. Naval Institute
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