Rear Adm. P. Gardner Howe III on Tuesday became the 55th president and first Navy SEAL in command of the Naval War College in Newport, RI.
“For the first time in the 130 year history of the NWC, this institution will be led by a member of the naval special warfare community, better known as the SEALs. Their motto is; Ready to lead, ready to follow, never quit, the only easy day was yesterday,” said the outgoing president, Rear Adm. Walter E. Carter Jr. “Rear Adm. Howe, I am sure you are ready to lead, and the last 12-months have shown me that every member of this remarkable command is ready to follow, and they will never quit.”
Howe, a U.S. Naval Academy, Naval Postgraduate School and National War College graduate, holds dual Master of Arts degrees in national security and reports from his most recent assignment as commander of Special Operations Command, Pacific.
“I am incredibly humbled, honored and excited to be standing in front of you as the 55th president of the NWC,” said Howe. “Rear Adm. Carter, thank you for your stalwart leadership over the last year at the NWC, the Navy’s home of strategic thought. A son of Rhode Island and clearly a rising star in the Navy, you have advanced this institution with intellectual initiative and relevance, and as you promised last year, you have respected, protected and promoted the institution.”
Howe is a native of Jacksonville, FL. He was commissioned in 1984 following his graduation from the Naval Academy. His past assignments include command of Naval Special Warfare Group Three in San Diego,
The war college’s mission is to develop strategic and operational leaders, helping define the future Navy, strengthen maritime security cooperation, and support combat readiness. The institution was established in 1884.