2014-07-03 / Naval Community

NWC to Change Hands

Rear Adm. P. Gardner Howe III Rear Adm. P. Gardner Howe III The U.S. Naval War College (NWC) will welcome its 55th president on Tuesday, July 8, when Rear Adm. P. Gardner Howe III relieves Rhode Island native Rear Adm. Walter E. “Ted” Carter Jr. in a 10 a.m. change of command ceremony.

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert will be the guest speaker.

Carter has been appointed to the grade of vice admiral and assigned as superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. Carter, the first naval flight officer to command the NWC, is being replaced by another first – a Navy SEAL.

Howe, a special warfare officer from Jacksonville, Fla., reports from his most recent assignment as commander of Special Operations Command Pacific in Hawaii.

A 1984 graduate of the U.S. Naval

Academy, Howe is also a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School and the National War College, holding Master of Arts degrees in national security from both institutions. His operational assignments include a full range of duties in Sea, Air, Land Delivery Vehicle teams and SEAL teams. He has multiple deployments to the Western Pacific and Southwest Asia and has participated in Operations Earnest Will, Provide Promise, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom.

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