NEWPORT, R.I. (Aug. 19, 2013) Rear Adm. Walter E. “Ted” Carter Jr., president, U.S. Naval War College (NWC), and retired Army Maj. Gen. Stephen Seiter, chairman, NWC Foundation Board of Trustees, present Vice Adm. Robert S. Harward, deputy commander, U.S. Central Command, with the Distinguished Graduate Leadership Award during the convocation ceremony at the NWC in Newport, R.I. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Alice C. Hall/ Released)

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Alice C. Hall, U.S. Naval War College Public Affairs
Aug. 20, 2013

NEWPORT, R.I. – The 2013 Distinguished Graduate Leadership Award was presented to Vice Adm. Robert S. Harward during a convocation ceremony at U.S. Naval War College (NWC) in Newport, R.I., Aug 19.

Established in 1996 by the NWC Foundation, the award honors NWC graduates who have attained positions of prominence in the field of national security.

“A scholar as well as a warrior, Adm. Harward attended the College of Naval Command and Staff and the Naval Staff College here in Newport,” said Rear Adm. Walter E. “Ted” Carter Jr., NWC president. “In every way, Adm. Harward represents the ideals for which the Distinguished Graduate Leadership Award was established.”

Harward, a Navy SEAL, is currently serving as the deputy commander of U.S. Central Command, located in Tampa, Fla. His career has included leadership roles within joint, coalition and interagency organizations, and he has commanded troops in Afghanistan and Iraq for a cumulative total of more than six years since Sept. 11, 2001.

“I am convinced, and remain convinced, that it was this education that really prepared me best for these missions,” said Harward about how the NWC taught him to think critically and comprehend and function at the strategic level.

Harward described how he believed that the evolving complex and challenging problems facing his own special operations forces community today and in the future are the same dilemmas that military services and interagency and coalition partners will also confront both operationally and politically.

“We should expect that everything we will do in the coming years will be much more constrained and directed against much more complex and dynamic threats,” said Harward. “Tactically, operationally, strategically, our problems are all changing at warp speed, but the ways and means we use to solve them are changing even faster and with little hope of things getting better or easier.

“Ultimately, we must depend on you to bring on new thinking and find new approaches that will preserve the warfighting dominance of our Navy, our joint force, and our global partnership and coalitions.”

The criteria for selection of the distinguished graduate include attainment of a position of senior leadership in government service, career accomplishments which are inspiring to NWC students, and an expressed interest in professional military education.

“I am humbled to accept this recognition today on behalf of my many distinguished class and shipmates,” said Harward. “I look forward to being joined soon enough by the company of each of you and your cohorts who will drive our services and our great global coalition to even greater success.”

The arrival of NWC’s newest class of 545 resident students from the U.S. armed forces, civilian federal agencies and international militaries marks a nearly 129-year tradition of educating military and government officials in Newport.

Harward's remarks can be viewed in entirety on the college's YouTube channel, at:

Edited by Daniel. S. Marciniak

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