Carol A. Prather, CDR
Joint Military Operations
CDR Carol A. Prather joined the Naval War College faculty in November of 2011 following graduation with distinction from the College of Naval Warfare. Prior to reporting to Newport, CDR Prather served from 2008 to 2010 as Commander, Task Force 72 Liaison to Commander, Seventh Fleet embarked in USS BLUE RIDGE, homeported in Yokosuka, Japan. From 2006 to 2008 she served as Current Operations Officer and Exercise Officer for Commander Task Force 57/72 in Misawa, Japan. A P-3 pilot by trade, from 2004 to 2006 CDR Prather served as Operations Officer, Training Officer and Assistant Maintenance Officer for Patrol Squadron FOUR, with operational deployments to Bahrain, Djibouti, Kandahar, Afghanistan, and Misawa, Japan. CDR Prather reported to USS KITTY HAWK on September 11, 2001 as Ops Admin Officer and deployed immediately to the North Arabian Sea for Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. While with KITTY HAWK she also qualified as a Tactical Action Officer, a watch she stood for deployments throughout the Western Pacific as well as to the Arabian Gulf for the lead up to and initial months of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. From 1999 to 2001 CDR Prather taught the Basic Officer Leadership Course and served as a T-44 flight instructor with Training Squadron THIRTY-ONE in Corpus Christi, Texas. Her first operational tour following designation as a Naval Aviator in 1995 was with Patrol Squadron TWENTY-SIX in Brunswick, Maine, where she served as Aircraft Division Officer, Command Enterprise Officer and Ordnance Branch Officer, with operational deployments to Puerto Rico, Panama, Keflavik, Iceland and Sigonella, Sicily. CDR Prather is a 1992 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy.
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