NEWPORT, R.I. (Aug. 19, 2013) Rear Adm. Walter E. “Ted” Carter Jr., president, U.S. Naval War College (NWC), speaks to 545 resident U.S. and international students and their guests during a convocation ceremony at NWC in Newport, R.I. The ceremony marks a 129-year tradition that officially kicked off the 2013-2014 academic year. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Alice C. Hall/ Released)

By Daniel S. Marciniak, U.S. Naval War College Public Affairs
Aug. 19, 2013

NEWPORT, R.I. – The U.S. Naval War College (NWC) officially kicked off the 2013-2014 academic year, welcoming 545 U.S. and international resident students and their guests during a convocation ceremony held in Spruance Hall Auditorium, Aug. 19.

The start of the academic year marks a nearly 129-year tradition of educating and developing leaders in Newport – a tradition that “calls together” military and government officials from the U.S. and abroad.

“The cut and color of the various uniforms and business suits in the audience provides evidence of the many military services, agencies and nations that comprise our unique college,” said NWC president Rear Adm. Walter E. “Ted” Carter Jr. “We take pride in the fact that the cultural, religious and ethnic diversity of this gathering is unmatched on any campus in the land.”

With approximately half of the student body being naval officers, the other half comes from the Army, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard, to include representatives from various government agencies and 88 international students from 57 navies worldwide.

“You are in a seat that many ask for,” said Carter. “There are those who were not selected and those who have fallen in the field of battle who will never have the chance you have been given.”

Being the oldest and arguably the most prestigious institution of its kind in the world, the college is internationally renowned for its rigorous 10-month course of postgraduate studies in the art of war.

“To maximize the return on investment of time being made by each student, the college will help focus your studies by presenting you with our widely-praised and often emulated curriculum of strategy and policy, national security affairs, joint military operations and electives.”

Carter encouraged students to cherish and make the most of the opportunity.

“Invest your time and energy in getting all you can from your year at this historic Naval War College, in this wonderful city, and in this beautiful region of the United States,” said Carter.

“Your investment will be amply repaid, and you will soon join an elite alumnus who looks back with great memories of their time here in Newport.”

One of those elite was in attendance and did just that. Vice Adm. Robert S. Harward, deputy commander, U.S. Central Command, spent 18 months here in 1993 as a student in both the naval command and staff and the naval staff colleges. He was the ceremony’s keynote speaker and this year’s recipient of the Distinguished Graduate Leadership Award.

“What a great day to launch a shiny new crew of our global coalition’s finest officers into the deep blue waters of learning about our profession,” said Harward. “It is sure to be both challenging and incredibly rewarding, and like most everything we do in our careers, it is going to be a hell of a lot of fun.”

A recording of Monday's ceremony can be found on the college's YouTube channel, at:

Edited by Cmdr. Carla M. McCarthy
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