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Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Monique LaRouche-Yorgensen, U.S. Naval War College Public Affairs
March 5, 2014

NEWPORT, R.I. – Ninety students from the Navy, Marine Corps, Army and Air National Guard received a Masters of Art in National Security and Strategic Studies during a graduation ceremony, March 4, at U.S. Naval War College (NWC) in Newport, R.I.

With coursework in national security decision making, strategy and policy, and joint military operations, Tuesday's graduation marks the completion of an intensive yearlong curriculum designed to prepare students to think critically, operationally and strategically.

“I have better confidence in myself to solve problems,” said Navy Lt. Cmdr. Erich C. Frandrup, a College of Naval Command and Staff (CNCS) graduate. “I can think critically about complex issues.”

Marine Corp. Lt. Col. Clingan was recognized as honor graduate for College of Naval Warfare (CNW), and Navy Lt. Cmdr. Dustin Lonero for CNCS. Their recognition was based on their exceptional standards of academic performance, NWC activities, participation in civic and community service, and the promotion of military in the public interest.

Retired Columbian navy Adm. Guillermo E. Barrera, NWC’s CNO Distinguished International Fellow, was the ceremonial guest speaker.

“You have been given the skills at the NWC to be a successful strategist,” said Barrera. “Graduates of the NWC are prepared to be the leaders of great and successful organizations.”

Fifty-eight students were from CNCS and 32 students from CNW.