CAPT  Jonathan M. Padfield
Commanding Officer (March 2012 - January 2014)

Captain Jonathan M. (Jon) Padfield is a native of Salt Lake City, Utah and is a distinguished graduate of the Naval ROTC program at the University of Utah.

Captain Padfield has extensive experience at sea in several capacities including Division Officer tours onboard USS Connole (FF 1056) & USS Wichita (AOR 1); Chief Engineer and Operations Officer onboard USS Denver (LPD 9), Executive Officer and Navigator onboard USS Chief (MCM 14) and Executive Officer of USS Cleveland (LPD 7).

Captain Padfield assumed command of USS Comstock (LSD 45) in February 2002. During his tenure, Comstock deployed to the North Arabian Gulf in conjunction with combat operations in OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. Captain Padfield then reported to New Orleans, LA and Pascagoula MS where he and his crew placed USS San Antonio (LPD 17) into commission and participated in Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. From 2008-2009, Captain Padfield was the Commander, Amphibious Squadron THREE, leading the six ships of the Peleliu Expeditionary Strike Group during a FIFTH Fleet deployment. In conjunction with the Marines of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, they conducted numerous theatre security operations, conducted three rescues at sea and thwarted a piracy attempt.

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 (N75) 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. Captain Padfield also served with the Joint Staff, Director for Strategic Plans and Policy (J5), Washington, DC as the Chief of Stability Operations and Security Assistance Divisions. In 2009, Captain Padfield was selected to command the LSD & LPD 17 Class Squadron where he led the man, train & equip functionalities for the 17 ships of the LSD and LPD 17 classes, utilizing analytical methods to develop holistic solutions to focus resources and resolve readiness challenges to maximize the readiness availability of amphibious warships. In December 2010, the Class Squadrons were reorganized into Type Commanders where Captain Padfield became the Assistant Chief of Staff for amphibious readiness (N46) and waterfront support (N44) to the Commander, Naval Surface Forces, Pacific. In both of these capacities, he worked extensively in cross-functional teamwork with several partner organizations including Fleet Commanders, Naval Sea Systems Command, Military Sealift Command, Bureau of Naval Personnel, Naval Supply Command, Naval Education & Training and the USMC Plans, Policies & Operations directorate. Captain Padfield assumed his current position, commanding the “Swift Intruders” of ACU FIVE in February, 2012.

Captain Padfield’s personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, four Legions 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 CINCPACFLT Shiphandler of The Year award.


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