Captain Vincent P. Mocini ‘69
- 2021 Hall of Fame Honoree
Captain Vincent P. Mocini, U.S. Navy (ret) served as the U.S. Naval War College’s first Dean, International Programs and Maritime Security Cooperation from 2003 – 2012. During that time he grew the number of foreign officers attending the Naval War College and greatly enhanced the college’s efforts to engage with foreign alumni in the years following their graduation. Under his leadership, the College initiated a series of alumni symposiums in which the leadership of the War College traveled to locations around the world to connect foreign alumni with U.S. senior military leadership, to provide strategic and operational updates from the faculty, and to allow alumni to renew mutual friendships, so important to preventing conflict. Under his leadership, the war college conducted eight symposiums in every major geographic region of the world.
Prior to that civilian government service, Captain Mocini served 30 years in the United States Navy. He served as the 24th Director of the Naval Command College (NCC) from 2001-2003. The NCC is the premier professional military education program offered to allied and friendly foreign naval officers. Prior to that, he was a member of the Naval War College faculty. From 1996 – 2000 he served in the U.S. Embassy, Rome as the Defense and Naval Attache, during which time he facilitated U.S. cooperation during the Italian-led humanitarian mission in Albania and NATO operations in Kosovo. In addition, earlier in his career, he served in joint and Navy staff assignments.
Commissioned from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1973, Captain Mocini spent much of his career on sea duty. He served as Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer in USS Richard L. Page (FFG 5). During his tour, the ship won multiple service awards, including the “Battle E.” From 1980-1983, he served two tours as Engineering Officer in USS Fanning (FF 1076) and USS Halsey (CG 23). He was Flag Secretary for Commander, Amphibious Force SEVENTH Fleet in the Pacific.
In 1985, he took command of the patrol hydrofoil missile ship, USS Taurus (PHM 3). This advanced technology ship sailed in UNITAS with our South American allies. The ship also received several commendations for performance in counter-narcotics operations, including the seizure of a ship carrying 24 tons of marijuana in May 1986. After war college study and staff duty, Captain Mocini assumed command of USS Clifton Sprague (FFG 16). During his command tour again on counter-narcotics operations, the ship intercepted and seized a high-speed drug boat carrying more than 1000 kilograms of pure cocaine. The ship also participated in the first combined exercises with ships from the Russian Navy in Atlantic waters off the coast of the United States.
Captain Mocini was born in Chicago and raised in Saugatuck, Michigan. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy class of 1973, where he served in various leadership positions. In addition to theater and service medals, his personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal, the Navy Achievement Medal, the Kosovo Service Medal, and the Humanitarian Service Medal. His spouse, Ruth Ann Petree, was taken by cancer in 2015.