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NEWPORT, R.I. - Nearly 200 U.S. Naval War College (NWC) Fleet Seminar students, NWC alumni, and supporters joined Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Jonathan Greenert, and NWC President, Rear Adm. John N. Christenson, for an early-morning breakfast and briefing March 8.  

WASHINGTON (March 8, 2012) Nearly 200 U.S. Naval War College (NWC) Fleet Seminar students, NWC alumni, and supporters joined Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Jonathan Greenert, and NWC President, Rear Adm. John N. Christenson, for an early-morning breakfast and briefing March 8. (Photo by MC1 David Coleman)Held in the Kennedy Caucus Room in the Russell Senate Office Building, the gathering was hosted by Rhode Island’s senior senator, Jack Reed. Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse, Roger Wicker, and Rhode Island Rep. David Cicilline also participated.

“This was by-far the largest event we have ever sponsored on Capitol Hill,” said NWC Professor John Jackson, the breakfast coordinator.  “This event provides an opportunity to explain the roles and missions of the College and to highlight on-going educational and research initiatives.”

Christenson explained to the group how NWC’s efforts are clearly aligned with the basic tenets of the CNO’s Sailing Directions: “Warfighting First”, “Operate Forward”, and “Be Ready."  Dean of Naval Warfare Studies Robert “Barney” Rubel spoke briefly about on-going research projects within the Center for Naval Warfare Studies.  Dean for International Programs Tom Mangold addressed the College’s dynamic international education and engagement activities.  Lastly, Dr. Toshi Yoshihara spoke his work as the VanBeuren Chair of Asia-Pacific Studies.  

“We have being going to Capitol Hill almost every year since 1999, and the interaction between NWC faculty, students, members of Congress, congressional staffers, and Navy leaders has become more productive each year,” said Jackson.

Fleet Seminar students, from the D.C. area as well as other satellite locations across the U.S., complete the demanding academic program while holding down a full-time job.  Military officers and Congressional staff assistants enroll in a distance education program that leads to a master of arts degree and professional military education similar to that offered in residence in Newport.  

The breakfast was made possible through the sponsorship of the Naval War College Foundation.    

From U.S. Naval War College Public Affairs Office
Posted by Cmdr. Carla M. McCarthy