Chamberland, BA., AQ
Claudia attended Mercer
University in Macon, Georgia, with an Army ROTC scholarship and was commissioned
as a Second Lieutenant in the Military Police Corps upon graduating with
a BA in History. After becoming Airborne qualified and attending
her Officer Basic Course at Ft. McClellan, Alabama, Claudia served her
initial tour with the 793rd MP BN in Bavaria, Federal Republic of Germany
(before the fall of the Soviet Union), as a Platoon Leader, focusing primarily
on tactical field operations besides traditional law enforcement activities,
and later as the S4 Budget/Logistics/Maintenance Officer for the Battalion.
After attending the MP Officer Advanced Course, Claudia worked for the
Commandant of the MP School and has had additional assignments working
for Provost Marshals, developing and implementing training programs, and
as a MEDDAC Security Officer.
As a former US Army
Major, Claudia is a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College
and further training includes Program and Budget Administration, Logistical
Officer, Counter Terrorism, Military Operations in Urban Terrain, Physical
Security, Plane Loading of tactical equipment, Law of Land Warfare and
Claudia was SCUBA certified
by NAUI at the age of 15 through the Boy Scout High Adventure Explorer
Post 368 in Central Florida and was a constant dive partner with her adventurous
and ardent SCUBA diving father in the Bahamas and also in caves and springs
throughout Florida. She became an Aquanaut in 1993 and has logged
over 30 days on more than a dozen undersea missions.
Claudia is commited
to her family of six children and one grandchild, and in as much as possible,
keeping her husband out of harms way.
RECORDS AND FIRSTS:
- Along with her
husband, Claudia holds the record for the most acculmulated days working
as a married undersea Aquanaut team.
- Claudia, Dennis
along with three of their children comprised the first aquanaut family
unit to live and work undersea in 1997.