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Helicopter Sea Combat Wing Pacific to hold change of command

NASA astronaut to speak at event

Capt. Shoshana Chatfield will be relieved by Capt. Jack Schuller as commander of Helicopter Sea Combat Wing Pacific (HSCWP) during a change of command ceremony at Naval Air Station North Island (NASNI) Feb. 28 at 1 p.m.

NASA Astronaut and Navy Capt. Sunita L. Williams is the guest speaker for the event. Designated as a Naval Aviator in July 1989, Williams reported for NASA training in August 1998. She has spent a total of 322 days in space and ranks sixth on the all-time U.S. endurance list and second all-time for female astronauts.

HSCWP is the immediate superior in command for two fleet replacement squadrons, 11 anti-submarine and sea combat squadrons and a Weapons and Tactics School located at NASNI, Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan, and Anderson Air Force Base, Guam. HSCWP manages the administrative, operational and training requirements of more than 4,000 military personnel and maintenance requirements for 116 aircraft.

Chatfield has commanded the Helicopter Sea Combat Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet since August 2011. During that time, she has overseen the transition of numerous squadrons from the SH-60F Seahawk to the MH-60R Knighthawk helicopter and the establishment of the first unmanned rotary squadron, HUQ-1.

Schuller, who served as the HSCWP deputy commodore, is from Boulder, Colo., and was commissioned through Aviation Officer Candidate School after graduating from the University of Colorado. Designated as a Naval Aviator in 1991, his afloat tours include the VF-31 Tomcatters assigned to USS Forrestal (CV 59), two tours with the HS-2 Golden Falcons assigned to USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and USS Constellation (CV 64).

He served two deployments supporting Operations Southern Watch and the opening days of Iraqi Freedom.

Chatfield's personal awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), Army Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, and various unit awards.

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