U.S. Naval Institute Editorial Board Bios

U.S. Naval Institute 2012 Editorial Board


LCDR Claude G. Berube, USNR

Lieutenant Commander Claude Berube, USNR, earned his B.A. in History and Soviet Studies, an M.A. in History from Northeastern University and a Master’s in National Security from the Naval War College. He is currently writing his doctoral dissertation, under the direction of Dr. Williamson Murray, in military history with a focus on naval transformation during the Jacksonian era.

He has worked for two U.S. Senators on Capitol Hill and as a civilian for the Office of Naval Intelligence. As a Navy Reserve officer he has been mobilized several times. He served aboard USS BUNKER HILL (CG 52) with Expeditionary Strike Group 5 during its deployment to the Middle East in 2004-05, which included humanitarian relief operations in Sumatra immediately after the tsunami disaster, maritime interception operations in the Arabian Sea, and anti-piracy off the Horn of Africa.  Since 2005 he has taught at the United States Naval Academy where his courses have included American Government, Naval History, Intelligence & National Security, Terrorism, Maritime Security Challenges, and Emergent Naval Warfare. In 2010, he was a Visiting Fellow for Maritime Studies at the Heritage Foundation.  He has been a guest speaker at several institutions and has been interviewed on radio and television programs such as Voice of America, the BBC and on C-SPAN’s BookTV.  

He is the co-author of two books (“A Call to the Sea: Captain Charles Stewart of the USS Constitution” and “Congress: Games & Strategies, 3rd and 4th eds), the co-editor of a forthcoming book on maritime security, and the author of over thirty articles that have appeared in Naval History, Naval Institute Proceedings, Jane’s Intelligence Review, the Washington Times, the Journal of International Peacekeeping Operations, Vietnam Magazine, Forbes.com, Small Wars Journal, and other publications. 

Lieutenant Commander Berube’s military decorations include the Navy Commendation Medal with one gold star, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, and other decorations and unit awards.


LCDR Thomas C. D’Arcy, USCG

As the National Command Center’s Senior Watch Officer, LCDR D’Arcy monitors the Coast Guard’s world-wide 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 B.S. in Government. In 2004 he earned his M.A. 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 advisor 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 aboard 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.


SgtMaj Joseph M. Davenport III, USMC

Sergeant Major Davenport enlisted in the Marine Corps on 12 December 1983 and graduated recruit training at Parris Island, SC in June 1984. Upon completion of his military occupational specialty school, Private First Class Davenport was assigned to Headquarters and Service Battalion, Quantico, VA in October 1984.

In June 1985, Sergeant Davenport received orders to Naval Training Center, San Diego, CA to attend Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program (MECEP) Preparatory School, followed by assignment to the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps unit at Texas A&M University.  Staff Sergeant Davenport was transferred to MWSS-172, MWSG-17, Okinawa, Japan, completing a deployment to Korea and participating in Team Spirit 90.

In June 1991, Staff Sergeant Davenport transferred to First Combat Engineer Battalion, Camp Pendleton, CA, serving as the S-3 Battalion Training Chief and Marksmanship Range Officer until he transferred to the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) in September 1992.

In April 1993, Staff Sergeant Davenport joined Company B, 4th Combat Engineer Battalion. He completed the Winter Training Package at Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Center; deployed in support of Battle GriffiN at Tromso, Norway; participated in a bilateral exchange training package with the Dutch Royal Marines on the island of Aruba and was promoted to Gunnery Sergeant.

1st Sergeant Davenport reported to Company D, 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion January 1997, and upon completion of his tour, he was assigned as the Squadron Sergeant Major, VMFA-321, MAG-49, Detachment A, in May 2001.  He participated in RIMPAC 01, DESSEX 02, and in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Sergeant Major Davenport was assigned as the Sergeant Major of MARFOR UNITAS, II MEF on 5 January 2004. The unit completed the first multi-national amphibious exercise on the South American continent, at Ancon, Peru.

Sergeant Major Davenport assumed the post as Sergeant Major, Combat Logistics Battalion 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group on 15 August 2004, and deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 04-06, February 2005-March 2006.

Sergeant Major Davenport was ordered to HQMC, Reserve Affairs Division on 11 September 2006, and deployed to Iraq in August 2009-August 2010 in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM as the Senior Enlisted Advisor for the Multi-National Security Transition Command Iraq (MNSTC-I)/Iraq Security Assistance Mission (ISAM).  He later transferred to Iraq Training and Advisory Mission (ITAM) as part of the restructuring of MNSTC-I under United States Forces-Iraq (USF-I).

In August 2009 Sergeant Major Davenport reported for duty as the Sergeant Major, Iraq Security Assistance Mission, Multinational Security Training Command Iraq.

His personal awards include the Bronze Star Medal; Meritorious Service Medal; Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (with gold star in lieu of second award) and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.


LtCol Douglas G. Douds, USMC

Doug Douds is a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Marine Corps. Currently, he 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 Masters 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 Arabian 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.


LCDR Rachael A. Gosnell, USN

LCDR Gosnell graduated from USNA in 2001 with a BS in Political Science and Spanish minor.

LCDR Gosnell reported to 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 USS HARRY S TRUMAN (CVN 76), 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, LCDR 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 Masters of Engineering Management from Old Dominion University.


Maj Marcus J. Mainz, USMC

Marcus Mainz was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps February 1999. Shortly thereafter he reported to Quantico, Virginia for The Basic School.  Following graduation from The Basic School in September 1999, he reported to the Infantry Officer's Course (IOC). In December of 1999 he graduated from IOC and reported to Second Battalion Seventh Marine Regiment, as a Platoon Commander, Company G. He made one six month Unit Deployment Program (UDP) to Okinawa, Japan with the platoon from August 2000 to February 2001. After that deployment he attended Calvary Leaders Course and Scout Platoon Leader's Course in Ft Knox, KY from August to September 2001. Following completion of these courses he assumed the duties of the Combined Anti-Armor Platoon Commander for Weapons Company 2/7 until April 2003. During that time he attended the Marine Corps Martial Arts Instructor Trainer Course. He also embarked on what resulted in an extended UDP to Okinawa, August 2002 to June 2003, due to the stop loss, stop move during the initial phase of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). During this deployment he also filled the duties of Weapons Company XO until promoted to Captain July 1, 2003.

In early August 2003, he returned to The Basic School in Quantico, Virginia where he served as a Warfighting Instructor, a Staff Platoon Commander (Echo and India Companies, 2004 -2005), and an IOC Instructor. Immediately succeeding this tour, August 2006, he attended the Expeditionary Warfare School, but was removed prior to graduation to support the President's troop surge in Iraq.  In February 2007, he reported to Third Battalion, Seventh Marines and assumed command of Company L. In April 2007, 3/7 deployed to Ar Ramadi, Iraq for OIF 6-08. The Battalion returned to MCAGCC, Twentynine Palms late November 2007. February of 2008 he was reassigned as the Battalion Operations Officer. In August 2008 he was deployed to AO West in support of OIF 8.2.

His personal decorations include:Bronze Star, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbons, Korean Defense Service Medal and National Defense Service Medal.


LT Robert P. McFall, USN

Lieutenant Robert P. McFall was raised in Roanoke, VA and enlisted in the United States Navy in October of 2000. He was then accepted to attend the United States Naval Academy the following fall. He graduated from USNA with a Batchelor of Science, in American Politics and Law, and was Commissioned in May of 2005. 

LT McFall assumed duties as a Watch Officer in the White House Military Office in August 2009, where he now provides direct support to the Military Aides to the President and Vice President of the United States and the Director of the White House Military Office. 

LT McFall’s operational tours include two consecutive Division Officer tours onboard USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) where he deployed twice to the Persian Gulf. His first tour was as the Force Protection and Anti-Terrorism Officer and his second was as the Training, Administrative, and Visit Board Search and Seizure Officer. As a watchstander, McFall was a critical member of the Churchill team. He was the Special Evolutions Officer of the Deck, Anti-Air Warfare Coordinator, and was named the Destroyer Squadron TWO Shiphandler of the Year for 2006. LT McFall also qualified as Surface Warfare Officer, Engineering Officer of the Watch, and Tactical Action Officer. 

In September of 2010 LT McFall was selected by the Center for a New American Security for the 2010-2011 class of Next Generation of National Security Professionals. He also serves on the Board of Directors and the Scholarship Committee for the Surface Navy Association, he is a member of the U.S. Naval Institute, the Military Officers Association of America and the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association.  

LT McFall’s other awards include the Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (two awards), the Outstanding Volunteer Service Award, the Presidential Service Badge, and various sea service award. LT McFall was also the recipient of the Draper L. Kauffman Leadership Excellence Award, the highest leadership award given at the Naval Academy.


LT John P. Walsh, USN

LT John “Jack” P. Walsh 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, LT Walsh entered the Naval Nuclear Power pipeline, and reported aboard USS LOUISIANA (SSBN 743) (GOLD) in March 2008. During his time on LOUISIANA, he completed five strategic deterrent patrols.

LT 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.

LT Walsh has been awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and the Navy Achievement Medal.



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