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President's forum.

Thank you.

The Naval War College is the oldest War College in the world, founded in 1884.

Our founder Rear Admiral Stephen B. Luce held fast to his belief that the Naval War College "is a place of original research on all questions relating to war and to statesmanship connected with war, or the prevention of war."

Our mission at the Naval War College is to Educate Leaders.

Every issue of the Naval War College Review is filled with writing and ideas that deal directly with Admiral Luce's beliefs and that directly help us fulfill our mission.

To all of the scholars at the Naval War College Press and the Naval War College Review, I would like to say Thank You for all of your outstanding work. You tirelessly bring together great authors who write about the important issues that face our Navy, our Nation and our world.

Great nations have great navies, and great navies have great institutions of learning. The Naval War College is most blessed and fortunate to have the Naval War College Review.

All things are ready, if our minds be so.



Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy

President, Naval War College

Rear Admiral Christenson became the fifty-third President of the U.S. Naval War College on 30 March 2011. The fourth of six sons of a Navy Skyraider pilot and a Navy nurse, he graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1981.

At sea, he commanded USS McClusky (FFG 41), Destroyer Squadron 21 in USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), Carrier Strike Group 12, and the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) Strike Group. He most recently served as President, Board of Inspection and Survey. He also served as the antisubmarine warfare officer and main propulsion assistant aboard USS Cook (FF 1083); as aide to Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group 1 in USS Long Beach (CGN 9); as weapons officer aboard USS Downes (FF 1070); as Destroyer Squadron 21 combat systems officer, in USS Nimitz (CVN 68); and as executive officer of USS Harry W. Hill (DD 986). He deployed eight times on seven ships, twice in command of McClusky.

Ashore, he commanded the Surface Warfare Officers School in Newport, and as a new flag officer he served as Commander, Naval Mine and Anti-submarine Warfare Command, Corpus Christi, Texas. He also served at the U.S. Naval Academy as a company officer, celestial navigation instructor, assistant varsity soccer coach, and member of the admissions board; at Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, in the Strategic Initiatives Group; and on the Joint Staff, in J5 (Strategic Plans and Policy) and as executive assistant to the assistant chairman.

He graduated with distinction and first in his class from the Naval War College, earning his master's degree in national security and strategic studies. He was also a Navy Federal Executive Fellow at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Rear Admiral Christenson has been awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (five awards), the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), the Navy Commendation Medal (five awards), and the Navy Achievement Medal.

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Author:Christenson, John N.
Publication:Naval War College Review
Date:Jun 22, 2013
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