CDR Stephen D. Barnett, USN
Commander Barnett is currently an Aviation Program Analyst on the Navy Staff. A native of Columbia, Tennessee, he has served in six aircraft squadrons, commanding one of them. He is a designated Naval Flight Officer with over 2,300 flight hours and has served on three staffs and on board the USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74).
Ashore, he specialized in personnel management, joint requirements, and budget programming and analysis. He served at the Bureau of Naval Personnel as a detailer, directing the assignment of over 1,000 aviators. During his tour on the Joint Chiefs of Staff (J-8), he assisted in the evaluation of force structure requirements.
He has been awarded the Defense Meritorious Service, Meritorious Service, Joint Commendation Medals, Navy Commendation Medal (4 awards), Navy Achievement Medal (2 awards), and various other awards. He received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Tennessee State University and an MBA from Troy State University.
FLTCM Scott A. Benning, USN
Scott Benning entered the naval service on 22 June 1983. Upon graduation of basic training in Orlando, he attended Storekeeper ‘A’ School in Meridian, Mississippi.
His shore tours as a Storekeeper include Naval Ocean Processing Center, Underwater Construction Team One, and Norfolk Naval Shipyard.
His sea tours as a Storekeeper include USS Comte de Grasse (DD-974), USS Gunston Hall (LSD-44), and USS Detroit (AOE-4).
Selected as a Command Master Chief in 2000, his tours include VF-103, Carrier Air Wing Seventeen, USS George Washington (CVN-73), Naval Station Norfolk, and Commander Navy Region Mid-Atlantic.
In July 2009, he was selected to his current position as the Fleet Master Chief for the Chief of Naval Personnel.
Fleet Master Chief Benning is a graduate of the Navy Senior Enlisted Academy, the Navy Corporate Business Course UNC. In 2008 he graduated from Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor in Science degree in Workforce Education.
LCDR Claude G. Berube, USNR
Lieutenant Commander Claude Berube has been a member of the U.S. Naval Institute since 1994. His active-duty assignments have included: JAC Molesworth/EUCOM, ONI, ESG 5 (2004-5) which included humanitarian relief operations in Sumatra, anti-piracy off Horn of Africa, and maritime interception operations in the Arabian Sea, and USNA. He is the coauthor of three books on naval history, Congress, and maritime-security companies and the author of more than 30 articles that have appeared in Naval Institute Proceedings, Naval History, Jane’s Intelligence Review, Orbis, Washington Times, Forbes, and others. He has also contributed to the USNI blog. He has worked for two U.S. senators and as a defense contractor for the Office of Naval Research. Education includes: BA in History/Soviet Studies; MA in History; MA in National Security Studies (Naval War College); completing doctoral dissertation in military history from University of Leeds. He has taught at the U.S. Naval Academy since 2005.
LCDR Thomas C. D'Arcy, USCG
Senior Watch Officer, Coast Guard National Command Center
As the National Command Center’s Senior Watch Officer, Lieutenant Commander D’Arcy monitors the Coast Guard’s worldwide operations and provides strategic awareness to the Commandant, senior staff, and the Department of Homeland Security.
A 1998 Coast Guard Academy graduate, he earned a BS in Government. In 2004 he earned his MA in English from the University of Washington. While serving as Coast Guard Academy English instructor, he was a member of the Cadet Candidate Selection Board, the Cadet Sail Training Program, and adviser to the Class of 2008.
He is a law enforcement boarding officer, a group facilitator and team leader, a sexual-assault victim advocate, and a graduate of the service’s Senior Leadership course. With six years afloat on board three cutters, he successfully screened for assignment as commanding officer and hopes to return to sea in 2012.
His decorations include three Commendation Medals, two Commandant’s Letters of Commendation, and several other awards.
LtCol Douglas G. Douds, USMC
Marine Lieutenant Colonel Douds, of Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, currently serves as a strategist and speechwriter in the Chairman’s Action Group on the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He commanded a Marine fighter attack squadron in Iraq prior to earning his Master’s of Strategic Studies degree from the U.S. Army War College in June 2010. As an F/A-18 pilot, he has deployed multiple times, including two carrier deployments to the Mediterranean Sea and Persian Gulf and a western Pacific deployment. He has completed the Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Instructor’s course, the Navy Fighter Weapons School (Top Gun), was the top honor graduate from the Amphibious Warfare School, and received two bachelor of arts degrees, in Political Science and History, from Wake Forest University. Doug is an avid historian and enjoys hosting educational tours of Gettysburg, where he resides.
LCDR Rachael A. Gosnell, USN
Originally from Accident, Maryland, Lieutenant Commander Gosnell graduated from the Naval Academy in 2001 with a BS in Political Science and Spanish minor.
She reported to the USS Shiloh (CG-67) as gunnery officer and deployed in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. After completing Naval Nuclear Power training, she reported to the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75), deploying in support of OIF and earning her tactical action officer qualification.
In 2009 she reported aboard the newly commissioned USS Stockdale (DDG-106) as the weapons officer and combat systems officer through the maiden training cycle and 7th Fleet deployment.
While ashore, Lieutenant Commander Gosnell was stationed in La Maddalena, Italy, as operations officer and base closure team member.
Awards include the Navy Commendation Medal (3), Navy Achievement Medal (2), Top Gunner Award, Navy League Award, and various campaign and unit awards. She has a Master’s of Engineering Management from Old Dominion University and is currently in the Political Military Master’s Program at Georgetown University.
MAJ Marcus J. Mainz, USMC
Major Mainz participated in the Marine Corps PLC program and was commissioned in the Marine Corps February 1999. Following graduation from The Basic School in September 1999, he reported to the Infantry Officer’s Course (IOC). In December 1999 he reported to 2d Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, as a rifle platoon commander, combined anti-armor platoon commander, and as the XO of Weapons Company.
August 2003-6, Captain Mainz served as an instructor at The Basic School and the Infantry Officer Course. August 2006, he attended the Expeditionary Warfare School. February 2007, Captain Mainz reported to 3d Battalion, 7th Marines and assumed command of Company L. He deployed to Ar Ramadi, Iraq, for OIF 6-08. February 2008 he was reassigned as the battalion operations officer. In August 2008 he deployed in support of OIF 8-2, until March 2009. Major Mainz is currently an instructor at the Expeditionary Warfighting School.
LT Robert P. McFall, USN
Lieutenant Robert P. McFall assumed duties as a Watch Officer in the White House Military Office (WHMO) in August 2009, where he provides direct support to the military aides to the President and Vice President of the United States.
Rob was raised in Roanoke, Virginia, and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2005 with a bachelor of science in American Politics and Law. Upon commissioning and prior to working at the White House, Rob served for four years as a division officer on board the USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG-81).
Rob is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Surface Navy Association (SNA) and was a member of the 2010-11 Center for a New American Security (CNAS) class of Next Generation National Security Leaders.
Lieutenant McFall and his wife, Lea, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia.
LT John P. Walsh, USN
Lieutenant John “Jack” P. Walsh was raised in Marion, Massachusetts. He graduated in 2006 from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, with a bachelor of arts degree in Chemistry and was commissioned via the NROTC program.
Following college, Lieutenant Walsh entered the naval nuclear power pipeline and reported aboard the USS Louisiana (SSBN-743)(Gold) in March 2008. During his time in the Louisiana, he completed five strategic deterrent patrols.
Lieutenant Walsh reported to Chief of Naval Operations Foreign Liaison Office in January 2011. As a foreign liaison officer, he currently works to advance the CNO’s international engagement strategy through the planning and execution of CNO Counterpart Visits. Additionally, he is pursuing his master’s degree in Engineering Management at the Catholic University of America.
Lieutenant Walsh has been awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and the Navy Achievement Medal.