New Naval Academy superintendent nominated

By MATTHEW HAY BROWN AND PAMELA WOOD | The Baltimore Sun | Published: June 6, 2014

The president of the Naval War College has been nominated to serve as the next superintendent of the Naval Academy, the Pentagon announced Friday.

Rear Adm. Walter E. "Ted" Carter Jr. is to take over for Vice Adm. Michael H. Miller. Miller is to retire this summer.

Carter has also been nominated for promotion to the rank of vice admiral, the Pentagon said. He was not immediately available for comment on Friday.

Carter is a 1981 graduate of the Naval Academy who is a former fighter pilot, according to his official Navy biography.

A native of Rhode Island, Carter's career took him to the Navy Fighter Weapons School, known as "Top Gun," where he graduated in 1985. He served in fighter squadrons aboard the USS Midway and USS Independence and commanded the VF-14 "Tophatters" Navy fighter squadron.

He has flown F-4, F-14 and F-18 aircraft and holds the Navy's record for carrier-assisted landings, having completed 2,016 safe landings in his career. He flew 125 combat missions.

Carter has also held leadership roles on shore with the Fighter Wing Pacific, U.S. Central Command and U.S. Joint Forces Command. He's been president of the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I., which offers advanced training to military leaders, since last summer.

Miller's retirement as Naval Academy superintendent will culminate a 40-year career in the Navy that began with his academy graduation in 1974. He was named academy superintendent in 2010.

In his years in Annapolis, Miller has helped the academy match the Navy's shifting focus toward cyber defense and cyber security. The academy now has a cyber operations major and is planning to build a Center for Cyber Security Studies.

Also like the Navy as a whole, the academy has grappled with sexual assault within its ranks during Miller's tenure. He oversaw a criminal case against three football players who were accused of sexually assaulting a drunk classmate at an off-campus party in 2012.

One player was not criminally charged and was commissioned as a Navy officer. Another player's charges were dropped before trial, and he left the academy. A third player was acquitted at trial and he also left. The alleged victim graduated this year and was commissioned as a Navy officer.

Miller's official retirement date has not been set, according to the Naval Academy.

Rear Adm. Walter E. 'Ted' Carter Jr.


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