ECU alumna and Air Force Major Natassia Cherne will speak as the keynote speaker for the December 2017 Graduation Recognition Ceremony. By Emory Saia

ECU Alum Natassia Cherne is SOC keynote speaker at Fall 2017 Fall Graduation Recognition Ceremony

Talented East Carolina University alumna Natassia Cherne will make her way back to ECU as the keynote speaker at the December 2017 School of Communication Graduate Recognition Ceremony.

Natassia Cherne graduated from ECU in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Communication. A major in the U.S. Air Force, she has served her country at home and abroad, including during deployments to Okinawa and Afghanistan. Currently she is Assistant Director of Operations and Operations Flight Commander, 1st Combat Camera Squadron at Joint Base Charleston in South Carolina.

From May 2011 to July 2014 Maj. Cherne was Deputy Director of Public Affairs and advisor to the 18th Wing commander at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan. She led a team of 27 in media relations, civic outreach, internal relations and social. Okinawa is known to be a difficult political environment, where many residents wish the U.S. would leave its military bases and demonstrations occur frequently.

She also served as Media Relations Officer in the Combined Air and Space Operations Center at Al Udeied, Qatar, for eight months during 2013. From July 2008 to May 2011, she served as advisor to the commander of three major bases in the San Antonio area, leading a team of 10 in media relations, civic outreach, internal relations and social media. She also supervised the staff of a weekly newspaper with a circulation of 35,000.

In Nuristan Province, Afghanistan, between September 2009 and March 2010, Maj. Cherne led the first-ever “Female Engagement Team,” helping local Afghan women tell their personal stories. She participated in 20 combat missions, documenting operations through articles, still photography and video.

In 2016, Maj. Cherne was in the second annual class of the ECU Division of Student Affairs’ 40 Under 40 Leadership Award honorees. She is a member of the ECU Alumni Association Charleston Privateers group.

While at ECU, Maj. Cherne was a member of Theta Nu Chi Multicultural Society and Public Relations Student Society of America. On her LinkedIn page, she proclaims, “I love being and will always be a Pirate.”

The School of Communication Recognition Ceremony will be held Friday December 15 at 2 p.m. in Wright Auditorium. Students must register for this event, however, tickets for family members are not required.

For family and friends that cannot attend, the SOC recognition ceremony will be broadcast live. You can watch via the link
We will go live approximately 10 minutes before the event begins at 2 p.m. You will not need a password to view the broadcast.