Rear Adm. Jeffrey A. Harley arrives at a change of command ceremony at U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.
Rear Adm. Jeffrey A. Harley arrives at a change of command ceremony at U.S. Naval War College (NWC) in Newport, Rhode Island. During the ceremony, Harley relieved Rear Adm. P. Gardner Howe III and became the 56th president of the NWC. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson was the guest speaker. Harley reports from his most recent assignment as assistant deputy Chief of Naval Operations. Howe, the first Navy SEAL to lead NWC, has been nominated for appointment to rank of vice admiral and for assignment as associate director for military affairs, Central Intelligence Agency, McLean, Va. (U.S. Navy photo by Ezra Elliott/Released)


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