Rear Adm. P. Gardner Howe III relieved Rear Adm. Walter E. “Ted” Carter Jr., as the 55th president and first Navy SEAL in command of the U.S. Naval War College (NWC) in Newport, Rhode Island, during a change of command ceremony with the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert, July 8.
“I am very happy with the job [Carter] has done here,” said Greenert. “He has refined the curriculum and moved it in a direction that is refocused towards the fleet.”
During the ceremony, Greenert noted Carter’s accomplishments in completing the initial phases of the Naval Leadership Continuum, establishing the Navy Leadership and Ethics Center, and examining the future naval war at sea.
Carter departs the NWC following his appointment to vice admiral and assignment as superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
Carter, a Rhode Island native, took command of NWC as the 54th president and first naval flight officer in history to hold the position. While appointed as president, he refined the college’s educational and research programs and worked to reconnect NWC with the fleet.
Howe, a U.S. Naval Academy, Naval Postgraduate School and National War College graduate, holds dual Master of Arts degrees in national security and reports from his most recent assignment as commander of Special Operations Command, Pacific.
Press Release, July 09, 2014; Image: US Navy