From U.S. Naval War College Public Affairs
July 1, 2014

NEWPORT, R.I. – The U.S. Naval War College (NWC) will bid farewell and following seas to Rhode Island native Rear Adm. Walter E. “Ted” Carter Jr. and welcome aboard Rear Adm. P. Gardner Howe III as the college’s 55th president on Tuesday, July 8 at 10 a.m.

Nominated by President Barrack Obama and confirmed by the Senate on June 25, Carter has been appointed to the grade of vice admiral and assigned as superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

He departs after taking the helm at NWC on July 2, 2013.

During his short tenure as president, Carter refined the NWC’s educational and research programs and connected the NWC with the fleet. Accomplishments include establishing the Naval Leadership and Ethics Center, introducing the Naval Strategist Program initiative, and playing a key role in the implementation of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Navy Leader Development Strategy.

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, at Camp Smith, 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.

Howe’s 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.

His bio and official photo can be viewed and downloaded at

CNO Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert will be the ceremony’s guest speaker.

The ceremony can be watched live online at

Edited and posted by Daniel S. Marciniak
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