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Foundation
1940
July 3             
1941 classes begin with advanced, 28 senior, five junior students.
Graduation May 15, 1941.
1940 
September 18 
President Roosevelt visits Narragansett Bay area including NWC. 
1941 
February 1 
Formation of U.S. Atlantic Fleet under Admiral E.J. King 
1941 
March 25 
Navy Department announces discontinuance of regular NWC courses for duration of national emergency. NWC to remain open  for short courses as directed.
1941 
June 10 
First short courses begin with command class of 34  students, preparatory staff class of 18 students. Graduation December 2.
1941 
December 1 
Kalbfus retires from active duty and is recalled to duty as NWC president in rank of rear admiral (retired), raised to rank of admiral (ret.) in June, 1942.
1941 
December 7 
U.S. enters World War 11.
1941
December 30
U.S. Fleet reorganization effected with Admiral Ernest J. King as Commander-in-Chief (COMINCH) in Washington, D.C.
1942 
January 9 
Courses begin with 24 command, 9 preparatory staff students. Also special plotting course of eight. Graduation June 6.
1942 
March 26 
Duties of CNO and COMINCH combined under Admiral King.
1942 
May 13 
Bureau of Navigation redesignated Bureau of Personnel.
1942 
July 1 
Courses begin. 38 command, 56 preparatory staff students. Graduation December 18.
1942 
November 2 
Kalbfus detached to Navy Department. Rear Admiral William S. Pye assumes NWC presidency. 
1943 
January 1 
Courses begin with 32 command, 54 preparatory staff students. Graduation June 15.
1943 
June 1 
First Army-Navy staff college class arrives for month of study at NWC. Classes continue until end of war with 337 students in 12 classes.
1943 
July 1 
Courses begin with 28 command, 48 preparatory staff students.
Graduation December 15.
1944 
January 1 
Courses begin with 29 command, 56 preparatory staff students.
Graduation June 14.
1944 
July 1 
Rear Admiral Pye retires from active duty and is recalled to duty as NWC president in rank of vice admiral (ret.). Courses begin with 27 command, 58 preparatory staff students.  Graduation December 16.
1944 
July 15 
Pye Board reports on postwar officer education.
1945 
January 1 
Courses begin with 27 command, 51 preparatory staff students. Graduation June 28.
1945 
May 6 
V-E Day. Germany surrenders.
1945 
July 1 
Courses begin with 32 command, 53 preparatory staff students.
Graduation December 16.
1945
August 16 
V-J Day. Japan surrenders.
1945 
October 10 
COMINCH headquarters in Washington dissolved.
1946 
January 2
Course begins with 29 students in command and staff class.
  Graduation June 15, 1946.
1946 
March 1 
Pye retires. Admiral Raymond Spruance assumes NWC presidency.
1946 
April 1 
Army Industrial College redesignated Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF). 
1946 
July 13 
1947 classes begin with 65 senior, 36 junior students. First State Department attendee in senior class. Graduation May 25, 1947.
Commodore Richard W. Bates begins work on World War II battle evaluation.
1946 
August 1 
National War College opens in Washington with 105students.
1946 
August 10 
U.S. Navy General Line School opens at Newport with 600 students.
1947 
January 20 
First planning meeting for new NWC logistics course: Spruance, Vice Admiral R.B. Carney, and Captain H.E. Eceles.
1947 
February 2 
Armed Forces Staff College opens in Norfolk with 150 students.
1947 
July 12 
1948 classes begin with 69 senior, 34 junior, 46 logistics students. Graduation May 15, 1948.
1947 
August 
Logistics begins under Eccles.
1947 
September 18 
Establishment of unified Military Establishment (NME) with Army, Navy, and Air Force, under Secretary of Defense.
1947
October  1
Air War College established at Montgomery, Ala.
1948 
January 2 
Navy opens Second General Line School at Monterey, Calif.
1948 
May 22 
Sims Hall (former Barracks C of Training Station) dedicated by NWC.
1948 
June 10 
First two-week Reserve Officer course begins at NWC.
1948 
July 1 
Spruance retires from active duty. Rear Admiral Allen Smith, Chief of Staff, assumes presidency.
1948 
July 10 
1949 classes begin with 65 senior, 52 logistics, 34 junior students. Graduation May 13, 1949.
1948 
September 1 
NWC starts publishing "Information Service for Officers."
1948 
November 1 
Smith detached for sea duty. Vice Admiral Donald Beary assumes NWC presidency.
1949 
April 4 
Formation of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
1949 
May 9 
First "Round Table Discussions," forerunner of present Current Strategy Forum, begin. 
1949 
August 10 
National Military Establishment becomes Department of Defense (DOD).
1949 
August 12
1950 classes begin with 64 senior, 53 logistics, 36 junior students. Graduation June 16, 1950.