Tamara K. Graham, Select One

Capt., U.S. Navy

Vice President/Chief of Staff U.S. Naval War College
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Biography

In 2016, Capt. Graham was assigned as Vice President and Chief of Staff for U.S. Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island. Capt. Graham has more than 3,000 flight hours in SH-60F/H/S aircraft. Her awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, 2 Air Medals (Strike/Flight), 4 Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, 2 Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and various unit and campaign decorations.

Contact Information

Areas of Expertise

  • National Security

Professional Highlights

1996

Combat Search And Rescue (CSAR) Officer

Reported to HS-6 in San Diego, CA for her first Fleet tour. She served as the Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) Officer, Aircraft Division Officer, and Quality Assurance Officer. She deployed in support of Operation Southern Watch on the USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63)
1998

Quality Assurance Officer

Deployed on the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Her tour culminated in her selection as the 1999 HS-6 Pilot of the Year.
2000

Instructor Pilot

Capt. Graham reported to HS-10 as an Instructor Pilot in the SH-60F/HH- 60H helicopter. While there, she served as the line division officer, the combat search and rescue curriculum officer, and quality assurance officer. She was also selected as the 2001 NHA Region One Instructor of the Year
2002

Assistant Air Operations Officer

COMCARGRU ONE (CCG-1), assisted in the planning and evaluation of Composite Training Unit Exercises for west coast carrier and expeditionary strike groups. Selected to attend the Seahawk Weapons and Tactics training course and designated a Seahawk Weapons and Tactics Instructor (SWTI) in 2004.
2005

Seahawk Weapons and Tactics Instructor (SWTI), Department Head, and Plans and Operations Officer

Designated a Seahawk Weapons and Tactics Instructor (SWTI) in March 2004. Capt. Graham reported to the HS-8 Eightballers in July 2004 for her department head tour. In addition to being the squadron SWTI, she served as plans and operations officer.
2005

Deployed to Multi-National Division-SE and Operation Iraqi Freedom

She deployed on USS Carl Vinson in 2005 and forward deployed to conduct overland combat operations in support of Multi-National Division-SE and Operation Iraqi Freedom, flying more than 40 combat sorties. She was also awarded the 2006 CNAF Navy and Marine Association Leadership Award.
2007

Student

Naval War College received her Master’s degree in national security studies.
2008

SOJ-35

Joint duty assignment at special operations command, pacific (SOCPAC) where she conducted theater security cooperation planning and engagement in South and Southeast Asia.
2010

Black Knighs, Executive Officer

HS-4 Black Knights as the executive officer in August 2010. During her executive officer tour, she deployed on the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), participating in Operations Tomodachi, New Dawn, and Enduring Freedom as well as numerous overseas contingency operations.
2011

Commanding Officer

Took command of the Legendary Black Knights in October 2011 and led them through their transition to HSC-4, Rimpac 2012 and reassignment to the CVW-2 Broadsword team. As commanding officer, she was selected for the 2012 Navy and Marine Association Leadership Award.

Education

University of Virginia

Naval War College

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Awards and Decorations

HS-6 Pilot of the Year
1999

NHA Region One Instructor of the Year
2001

CNAF Navy and Marine Association Leadership Award
2006

Navy and Marine Association Leadership Award
2012

Other Honors

Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Meritorious Service Medal

Air Medal (Strike/Flight)
2 Medals

Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal
4 Medals

Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal
2 Medals

Various unit and campaign decorations

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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