Rear Adm. Shoshana Chatfield Takes Command of U.S. Naval War College

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NEWPORT, R.I. – Rear Adm. Shoshana Chatfield assumed command of the U.S. Naval War College on Aug. 1 as the 57th president.

Chatfield presides over a graduate institution that awards Master of Arts degrees to military officers and civilian national security employees in a one-year in-residence program focused on strategic studies and national defense. The college also provides other professional military education on campus and through distance-learning programs, in addition to conducting research on defense topics.

The command includes 375 faculty members – both military and civilian – and a staff of 312.

A helicopter pilot and former squadron commander who also led a provincial reconstruction team in Farah Province, Afghanistan, Chatfield holds a master’s degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a doctorate in education from the University of San Diego. Most recently, she was commander of Joint Region Marianas.

Founded in 1884, the U.S. Naval War College is the oldest institution of its kind in the world with more than 50,000 graduates, including nearly 300 of today’s active-duty admirals, generals and senior executive service leaders.

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