Commander, Joint Region Marianas
Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Marianas
U.S. Indo-Pacific Command Senior Military Official for Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Palau
Commander, Task Force West
Rear Adm. Benjamin Nicholson is a 1993 graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering. He also earned a master’s degree in Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School and a master’s degree in National Security from the Naval War College.
Deputy Commander, Joint Region Marianas
Brig. Gen. Jeremy T. Sloane is the commander, 36th Wing, Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The Wing is comprised of five groups and 17 squadrons, executing Pacific Command's Bomber Task Force, Theater Security Packages, Contingency Response Operations and peacetime and combat operations in the Indo-Pacific Region. The Wing is also tasked to ensure the successful deployment, employment and integration of air and space forces from the most forward sovereign U.S. Air Force Base in the Indo-Pacific Region.
Chief of Staff
Captain Gadala “Rick” Kratzer is from Fort Lauderdale, FL. He enlisted in the Navy in 1988. He completed the Broadened Opportunity for Officer Selection and Training (BOOST) in 1992. He received his commission in 1996 through the NROTC program at the University of San Diego, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics. He graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in 2005 with a Master’s Degree in Operations Research and a Master’s Degree in Defense Systems Technology from the National University of Singapore. He has completed both JPME I and JPME II certifications at NPS and at the Joint Forces Staff College, respectively.
Executive Director, Joint Region Marianas
Prior to his current position, Dr. Michael Paulovich was the Future Plans Officer for Marine Corps Installations Command, focusing on planning and conservation and Marine Corps installation realignment in the Pacific.
Command Master Chief
Command Master Chief Nicholas Messina hails from St. Petersburg, Florida. He graduated from Gibbs Senior High School in July 1996 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in August 1996. Upon completion of Recruit Training, he attended Basic Enlisted Submarine School and Fire Control Technician A-School in Groton, CT, followed by MK118 Fire Control System C-School in Kings Bay, GA graduating in August 1998.