Chatfield to be first female president of U.S. Naval War College

NEWPORT – Rear Admiral Shoshana S. Chatfield was named the new president of the U.S. Naval War College Friday.

Chatfield will be the first woman president in the history of the Naval War College.

“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 Secretary of the U.S. Navy Richard V.  Spencer in a statement.

Chatfield is a naval aviator, flying helicopters, who has commanded at both the squadron and wing levels. She is currently serving as commander, Joint Region Marianas, Guam, according to the Navy.

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She has received several awards from the military, including the Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Legion of Merit (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), Army Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, and Navy Achievement Medal.

Chatfield succeeds Rear Admiral Jeffrey Harley, who was reassigned amid an ongoing inspector general investigation that stemmed from allegations of financial mismanagement and questionable behavior.

The official date of Chatfield’s appointment as president was not yet available, according to the college.