NEWPORT, R.I. – On Jan. 31, Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates announced that the President has nominated Navy Rear Adm. James ‘Phil’ Wisecup for appointment to the rank of vice admiral and assignment as Inspector General, Department of the Navy, Washington, D.C.
Rear Adm. Wisecup is currently serving as the 52nd president, Naval War College (NWC), Newport, R.I.
The change of command ceremony is scheduled for March 30. Rear Adm. John N. Christenson will succeed Rear Adm. Wisecup, who has served as NWC president since Nov. 6, 2008. Rear Adm. Christenson will come to NWC from his current assignment as president, Board of Inspection and Survey, in Norfolk, Va.
A 1977 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Wisecup earned his master’s degree in international relations from the University of Southern California, graduated from the Naval War College in 1998, and also earned a degree from the University of Strasbourg, France, as an Olmsted Scholar, in 1982.
At sea, he served as commander, Carrier Strike Group 7 (Ronald Reagan Strike Group), returning from deployment in October 2008. His previous sea assignments included executive officer of USS Valley Forge (CG 50) during Operation Desert Storm; commanding officer, USS Callaghan (DDG 994), where he was awarded the Vice Admiral James Stockdale Award for Inspirational Leadership; and commander, Destroyer Squadron 21 during Operation Enduring Freedom after 9/11.
Ashore, Wisecup was assigned to NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium; as force planner and ship scheduler for Commander, U.S. Naval Surface Forces, Pacific; and as action officer for Navy Headquarters Plans/Policy Staff. He served as a fellow on the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group; director, White House Situation Room and commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea.
Wisecup's awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, and various unit, service and campaign awards.
The U.S. Naval War College started educating leaders more than 125 years ago and offers a resident program that graduates about 600 students a year, and a robust distance program that graduates about 1,000 students a year. Students earn Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) credit and either a diploma or a master's degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. The College also has a robust international engagement mission with approximately 100 international officers graduating yearly.
In addition to the College's education mission, it is heavily involved in wargaming and research in an effort to aid the Chief of Naval Operations in defining the path of the future Navy. More recently, the College has developed operational level courses to satisfy fleet requirements, preparing leaders for the challenges of operational and/or strategic level leadership over the remainder of their careers as decision makers and problem solvers.
From Naval War College Public Affairs Office