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NEWPORT, R.I. – The Naval War College (NWC) is now accepting online applications through June 30 for the College of Distance Education’s 2010-2011 Fleet Seminar Program (FSP).

FSP courses are similar in content and methodology to the intermediate program of study offered by the resident College of Naval Command and Staff program in Newport, Rhode Island.   The FSP offers Navy and joint intermediate-level professional military education through a set of three courses: Strategy and War, National Security Decision Making and Joint Maritime Operations. Each course normally requires one academic year to complete.

Seminars for each course meet one evening per week for approximately 34 weeks, commencing in early September 2010 and ending in May 2011. There is no tuition fee and course materials are provided on a loan basis.

The NWC FSP will be offered in 20 regional locations in the United States for academic year 2010-2011. Planned locations are: Washington, D.C.; Annapolis, Maryland; Bangor, Washington; Dahlgren, Virginia; Everett, Washington; Fort Meade, Maryland; Fort Worth, Texas; Great Lakes, Illinois; Jacksonville, Florida; Mayport, Florida; Millington, Tennessee; New Orleans, Louisiana; Newport, Rhode Island; Norfolk, Virginia; Patuxent River, Maryland; Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Pensacola, Florida; Port Hueneme, California; San Diego, California; and Whidbey Island, Washington.

Led by NWC adjunct faculty members, and supported by visiting NWC faculty, these courses replicate both the content and atmosphere of the resident course of study. Successful completion of all three courses results in the award of a College of Naval Command and Staff diploma, as well as credit for joint professional military education (JPME) phase one. NWC conducts the FSP seminars at the 20 locations in-step with each other so it is possible for a student who is transferring to, or assigned temporary additional duty at, another seminar location, to attend class at that location.

NWC accepts program applications from commissioned officers (active and reserve), selected command master chiefs, and civilian employees of the federal government. To be eligible, applicants must be members of the sea services (Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard) in grade O-3 or above, while officers from other services must be in grade O-4 or above. Navy command master chiefs are eligible for enrollment. Civilian employees of the federal government in the grade of government service-11 or equivalent and above (National Security Personnel System equivalents included) are also eligible for enrollment.
 
All applicants must have previously earned at least a baccalaureate degree from a United States regionally accredited university or college.

Qualified individuals currently stationed in areas specified below, or those who expect transfer to those sites prior to September 1, 2010, are encouraged to apply.  The deadline for applications is June 30, 2010, and all applicants will be advised of their enrollment status by mid-August 2010.

More information is available, and application must be made at the NWC College of Distance Education website at: http://www.usnwc.edu/fleetseminar

Available sites and local points of contact are:
- Lt. James Irrgang, Annapolis, Maryland, at (410) 293-6597/dsn 281
- Mr. Jerry Hert, Bangor, Washington, at (360) 315-2539/dsn 744
- Ms. Anne F. Lyon, Dahlgren, Virginia, at (540) 653-8032/dsn 249
- YNC Ronald Richards, Ft. Worth, Texas, at (817) 782-1622/dsn 948
- Mr. Stanley Manusko, Everett, Washington, at (425) 304-3161/dsn 727
- Mr. Thomas McGarry, Fort Meade, Maryland, at (301) 677-0286/dsn 244
- Mr. Mark Wegge, Great Lakes, Illinois, at (847) 688-3869 ext 387/dsn 792
- Mr. Robert Buehn, Jacksonville, Florida, at (904) 327-9986
- Lt. Edward J. Davis, Mayport, Florida, at (904) 270-6344 ext 3069/dsn 960
- Cmdr. Elisabeth Stephens, Millington, Tennessee, at (901) 874-4100/dsn 882
- Mr. Dave Bonar, New Orleans, Louisiana, at (504) 697-2395/dsn 647
- Ms. Sarah Farney, Newport, Rhode Island, at (401) 841-7490/dsn 841
- Dr. Calvin R. Scheidt, Norfolk, Virginia, at (757) 822-1195
- Ms. Christie Wells, Patuxent River, Maryland, at (301) 757-4111/dsn 757
- Lt. Matthew Beaudry, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, at (808) 473-0420/dsn 473
- Ms. Sarah Farney, Pensacola, Florida, at (401) 841-7490/dsn 841
- Ms. Anabell Ramos, Port /Hueneme, California, at (805) 228-0338/dsn 296
- Ms. Khi Khi Jensen, San Diego, California, at (619) 556-8328/dsn 526
- Dr. Charles Chadbourn, Washington, D.C., at (202) 433-6218/dsn 288

Additional questions may be directed to the following points of contact:
- Mr. Walter Stiles, at (401) 841-6519/dsn 841 or e-mail at walter.stiles@usnwc.edu
- Ms. Sarah Farney, at (401) 841-7490/dsn 841 or e-mail at sarah.farney@usnwc.edu
- Professor Timothy Garrold, at (401) 841-6561/dsn 841 or e-mail at timothy.garrold@usnwc.edu

This year marks the Naval War Colleges 125th anniversary of educating leaders and the 35th consecutive year of joint professional military education for senior leaders.

From NWC College of Distance Education