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By Alyssa Menard, U.S. Naval War College Public Affairs
July 2, 2012

Newport, RI -- Professor Vincent Mocini, former U.S. Naval War College Dean of International Programs and Maritime Security Cooperation, recently retired from the college after 12 years of service.  

Mocini joined the faculty in December 2003 and served as NWC’s first Dean of International Programs and Maritime Security Cooperation until last January.  He also served as 28th Director of the Naval Command College.  Through his leadership, NWC’s International Program consistently met its mission of strengthening maritime relationships with partner nations.  

“The many great men and women and the faint whispers of history that echo after our footsteps have positively influenced my work,” wrote Mocini in a farewell message.  “The wonderful alumni are a real part of that history.  Most important, I believe we have significantly enhanced international trust and friendship.  Drawing on experiences in Newport, we have taken steady steps toward resolving crises without resorting to war.”

Mocini’s involvement with international students was recognized throughout the college.
“He really cares for the International students and has done his professional and personal best to make the Naval Command College and the overall International programs one of the shining lights of success for the War College and the Navy,” said Professor Al Bergstrom who worked with Mocini for over a decade. 

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Mocini was born in Chicago but raised in Saugatuck, Mich.  He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1973 and completed a 30-year Navy career, having commanded USS Taurus (PHM-3) and USS Clifton Sprauge (FFG-16).  His last military assignment was on the NWC faculty as Director of the Naval Command College.