Huntington Ingalls Industries announced yesterday that Capt. Jonathan Padfield (U.S. Navy, Ret.) has joined the company as corporate director of customer affairs for amphibious programs. Padfield, whose last assignment for the Navy was commanding officer, Assault Craft Unit Five, began his new position on Monday.
“Jon brings a wealth of leadership and maritime experience to our company, and he is going to be an excellent fit for our team,” said Dan Holloway, HII’s corporate vice president, customer affairs. “His extensive naval career provides him with a vast understanding and at-sea knowledge of amphibious warships and how they operate and support U.S. Marine Corps and Navy missions. I am confident his expertise in these programs will be critical in continuing our company’s legacy as the solution-provider for amphibious warships.”
Prior to joining HII, Padfield had several naval commands, including the LSD and LPD 17-Class Squadron; Amphibious Squadron 3, where he led the six ships of the Peleliu Expeditionary Strike Group; USS San Antonio (LPD 17); and USS Comstock (LSD 45). He also served on the staffs of the Chief of Naval Operations; Amphibious Group 3; Naval Surfaces Forces, Pacific; and the Joint Staff.
Padfield is a native of Salt Lake City and has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah and a master’s degree in national security strategy from the National Defense University, National War College in Washington, D.C.
Press Release, April 30, 2014; Image: HII