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					                  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.