From U.S. Naval War College Public Affairs
June 27, 2013

NEWPORT, R.I. — The U.S. Naval War College (NWC) will hold a change of command ceremony on Tuesday, July 2, at 10 a.m. in the college’s Spruance Hall auditorium. Guest speaker, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, will recognize the service of Rear Adm. John N. Christenson and welcome Burrillville, R.I., native, Rear Adm. Walter E. “Ted” Carter Jr. as the 54th president of the Naval War College.

Christenson assumed command of NWC on March 30, 2011. His next assignment will be deputy U.S. military representative to NATO Military Committee, Brussels, Belgium.

During his 32-year career, Christenson served as commander of Carrier Strike Group 12 aboard USS Enterprise; commander of Destroyer Squadron 21 aboard the USS John C. Stennis; commanded USS McClusky and served as president, Board of Inspection and Survey. He also commanded the Surface Warfare Officers School in Newport, and as a new flag officer he served as commander, Naval Mine and Anti-submarine Warfare Command, Corpus Christi, Texas.

Before taking the helm at NWC, Carter was the director for the Navy’s Twenty-first Century Sailor Office, and in the past at sea, he commanded the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group 12 , USS Carl Vinson and USS Camden. Ashore, Carter also commanded the Joint Enabling Capabilities Command. He has accumulated 6,150 flight hours in F-4, F-14, and F-18 aircraft with 2,016 carrier-arrested landings, the record among all active and retired U.S. naval aviation designators, and he has flown 125 combat missions.

The U.S. Naval War College started more than 125 years ago as a small institution with mostly summer courses. It has evolved into a one-year, resident program that graduates about 600 students a year, and a robust distance program that graduates about 1,000 students a year. Students earn Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) credit and either a diploma or a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. The College also has a robust international engagement mission with approximately 100 international officers graduating yearly.

In addition to the College’s mission to educate and develop leaders, it is heavily involved in war gaming and research in an effort to aid the Chief of Naval Operations in defining the path of the future Navy. More recently, the College has developed operational level courses to satisfy fleet requirements, preparing leaders for the challenges of operational and/or strategic level leadership over the remainder of their careers as decision makers and problem solvers.

Note: This event is open to media. In order to make arrangements for access, media organizations should contact the Naval War College Public Affairs Office by email at or by phone at 401-841-2220 by 12:00 p.m. on Monday, July 1, with the names of representatives who will attend. Media will be met at the Naval Station Newport Pass and ID office parking lot on Training Station Road, with a departure time of 9:30 a.m. in order to proceed to the ceremony location and arrive before the start time. Naval War College Public Affairs can provide still imagery of the ceremony to print and web outlets upon request.
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