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'Warrior-Scholar' to Become First Female Leader of Naval War College

Shoshana Chatfield replaces president under investigation
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 14, 2019 4:02 PM CDT

(Newser) – A helicopter pilot who heads a military command in Guam will be the first female leader of the US Naval War College, the Navy announced Friday, days after removing the college president who came under investigation over questionable behavior. Rear Adm. Shoshana Chatfield will be the new president, the AP reports. In a statement, Navy Secretary Richard Spencer called her a "historic choice." Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harley was removed as the college's president Monday after the AP reported he was under investigation more than a year after the initial complaint was filed.

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Spencer was at the post-graduate institution in Newport, Rhode Island, on Friday for graduation. About 550 students crossed the stage, and about 1,000 students graduated from the distance learning program. Spencer challenged them to be innovative and act with urgency. Shortly afterward, he released the announcement about the school's new leadership. Chatfield served as commander of a provincial reconstruction team in Afghanistan in 2008 and as an assistant professor of political science at the Air Force Academy from 2001 to 2004. She assumed command in Guam, of Joint Region Marianas, in January 2017. "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," Spencer said in the statement.

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