Rear Adm. John Menoni will assume command of Joint Region Marianas on Tuesday, July 23, taking over from Rear Adm. Shoshana Chatfield, who has served in her current position since January 2017.
Menoni will serve as the commander of JRM; commander of U.S. Naval Forces Marianas; senior military official of U.S. Pacific Command in Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and Republic of Palau; and commander of Task Force West.
According to the Navy, Menoni reports to Guam after serving as the executive assistant to the deputy chief of naval operations for Integration of Capabilities and Resources.
This is his third assignment to Guam, having been commander of the Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 (HSC-25) “Island Knights” which is a United States Navy helicopter squadron based at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.
A native of Oak Park, Illinois, Rear Adm. Menoni graduated from the University of Illinois where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and received his commission on 3 July 1991. He has also earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, a certificate in Systems Analysis from NPS, JPME-1 credit from the Naval War College, and JPME-2 credit from the Joint Staff College.
Menoni attended naval flight training in Pensacola, Florida, receiving his
wings in October 1993. He is qualified as a pilot in both the H-46 Sea Knight and MH-60S Knighthawk.
He has served multiple operational flying tours including Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 5, Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 11, Command of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 2, and Commander of the 2515th Naval Air Ambulance Detachment supporting ARCENT and Multi-National Corps – Iraq.
His most recent operational tour was as the Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of USS SAN DIEGO (LPD-22).
The change of command ceremony for Joint Region Marianas is scheduled for 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, at the Guam High School gymnasium at the U.S. Naval Hospital annex in Agana Heights.