Vice Admiral Walter E. “Ted” Carter Jr.

  • U.S. Naval Academy

Vice Admiral Carter became the 62nd superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy in 2014. Admiral Carter’s career as an aviator includes extensive time at sea, deploying around the globe in the F-4 Phantom II and the F-14 Tomcat. He has landed on 19 different aircraft carriers. Ashore, he served as Chief of Staff for Fighter Wing Pacific and Executive Assistant to the Deputy Commander, U.S. Central Command. Admiral Carter served as Commander, Joint Enabling Capabilities Command and subsequently as lead for the Transition Planning Team during the establishment of U.S. Joint Forces Command in 2011. After leading Task Force RESILIENT (a study in suicide-related behaviors), he established the 21st century Sailor Office as its first director in 2013. Most recently, Admiral Carter served as the 54th president of the U.S. Naval War College. He is the recipient of many personal awards, including the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal (two awards), Legion of Merit (three awards), Distinguished Flying Cross with Combat V, Bronze Star, Air Medal, and Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medal. He was awarded the Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale Leadership Award and the U.S. Navy League’s John Paul Jones Award for Inspirational Leadership. Admiral Carter graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1981, was designated a Naval Flight Officer in 1982, and graduated from the Navy Fighter Weapons School, Top Gun, in 1985.