CAPTAIN JONATHAN M. PADFIELD, USN Captain Jonathan (Jon) M. Padfield is a native of Salt Lake City, Utah, where he attended the University of Utah and graduated in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geographical Meteorology. He was commissioned an Ensign through the Naval ROTC program. Following completion of the Surface Warfare Officer Division Officer course, he reported for duty onboard USS Connole (FF 1056). Performing in the capacities of Communications Officer and Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer, Captain Padfield achieved the Surface Warfare qualification and completed a Mediterranean Ocean deployment. He then completed a follow-on tour with USS Wichita (AOR 1) as Weapons Officer and First Lieutenant where he made a Western Pacific/Indian Ocean deployment. Following graduation from the Department Head course in 1992, Captain Padfield served in USS Denver (LPD 9) as Chief Engineer and Operations Officer, participating in humanitarian relief efforts and support of coalition forces during OPERATION RESTORE/CONTINUE HOPE in Somalia. In 1994, Captain Padfield was assigned to the pre-commissioning crew of USS Chief (MCM 14) as Executive Officer and Navigator. In 1996, he assumed duties as Executive Officer of USS Cleveland (LPD 7) where he made an Arabian Gulf deployment. Captain Padfield assumed command of USS Comstock (LSD 45) on 6 Feb 2002. During his tenure, Comstock deployed to the North Arabian Gulf during OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM and was awarded the 2003 “Gold Anchor” award for retention excellence. Captain Padfield then reported to New Orleans, LA and Pascagoula, MS, where he and his crew placed USS San Antonio (LPD 17), the 21st Century expeditionary amphibious assault warship into commission. They also participated in Hurricane Katrina relief efforts and were awarded the 2005 “Gold Anchor”. Captain Padfield has served ashore on the staff of the Commander, Amphibious Group THREE as the Operational Scheduling and Training Officer and on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations as the Future Amphibious Ships Requirements Officer. In June 2001, he received a Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy from the National Defense University, National War College in Washington, D.C. Most recently, Captain Padfield completed a tour with the Joint Staff, Director for Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate (J5), Washington, DC as the Chief of Stability Operations and Security Assistance Division for the Deputy Directorate for Global Strategic Partnerships. Captain Padfield’s personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals and the Navy Achievement Medal, as well as various unit and service awards and is a recipient of the Pacific Fleet “Shiphandler of the Year” award. He is married to the former Patricia (Trish) C. Addams of Columbus, OH, they have a son, Lee and are expecting their second child in March, 2008. Captain Padfield is slated as the Prospective Commander, Amphibious Squadron THREE.