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College Leadership & Advisory Board

The U.S. Naval War College (NWC) is an educational institution within the Department of the Navy. The President of the college is accountable directly to the Chief of Naval Operations, who establishes the college's mission, provides general guidelines and appropriated funds for its operation, and selects the president of NWC.

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Peter A. Garvin
Rear Adm., U.S. Navy

Rear Adm. Pete Garvin is the President of the U.S. Naval War College and a career naval aviator. He graduated, with merit, from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1989, with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering (Astronautics Track). Garvin graduated from the National War College in 2005 with a Master of Science in National Security Strategy. He is a 2015 alumnus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for International Studies Seminar XXI. Garvin has completed courses in national and international security, leadership, and strategic thinking at Harvard, Syracuse University, and the University of North Carolina, and served as a military fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

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Stephen J. Mariano

Provost Stephen Mariano, Ph.D. most recently served as the deputy commandant and dean of the NATO Defense College in Rome, Italy. He also served on the faculties of the School of International Service at American University, National Defense University, the Royal Military College of Canada and the U.S. Military Academy. He holds a B.A. in mathematics and economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, an M.A. in national security affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a Ph.D. in war studies from the Royal Military College of Canada.

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Vice President/Chief of Staff
Peter F. Halvorsen
Capt., U.S. Navy

Capt. Halvorsen is the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Naval War College (NWC) and a career surface warfare officer. He graduated, with distinction, from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1998, with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Halvorsen graduated from Oxford University, with distinction, in 2000 with a Master of Philosophy in Economic and Social History. He graduated from NWC, as Honor Graduate, in 2005 with a Master of Arts in National Security Studies. He has been published in The Journal of Strategic Studies, U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings and National Journal Online. His operational assignments include command of USS Carney (DDG 64) and Destroyer Squadron 26.

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Command Master Chief
Abel Griego
Master Chief Petty Officer, U.S. Navy

Command Master Chief Griego enlisted in the Navy in 1994. He holds an Associate of Science in Computer Information Systems from Columbia College, Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from Excelsior College and a Master of Science in technology management from University of Maryland University College. Griego’s military education and training include the U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 161), CMC/COB Capstone Course (Class 158) and National Defense University Keystone Joint Senior Enlisted Leader Course (Class 24-1). His CMC tours include guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78), Naval Air Station Patuxent River and Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station Bahrain.

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U.S. Naval War College Faculty Cloister

Aug. 05, 2024
U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

New Student Orientation

Jul. 30-01, 2024
8:00 a.m.
U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Rd, Newport, RI 02841