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Carter to take command of Naval Academy this month

United States Naval AcademyIraq War (2003-2011)

Vice Adm. Walter E. "Ted" Carter Jr. will formally relieve Vice Adm. Michael H. Miller as superintendent of the Naval Academy during a change-of-command ceremony scheduled July 23, academy officials said Thursday.

Carter, who until this month was head of the Naval War College in Newport, R.I., is a 1981 graduate of the academy and a record-setting naval aviator.

The Rhode Island native holds the Navy's record for carrier-assisted landings with 2,016, according to his official biography. He has flown 125 combat missions, with service in the Iraq War, the Gulf War and the Kosovo War. He has commanded a strike fighter squadron, a fast combat support ship, an aircraft carrier and a carrier strike group.

Carter has spent a year as president of the Naval War College, the Navy's postgraduate school for mid-level and senior officers.

He completed Navy Fighter Weapons School — the training program in San Diego known popularly as Top Gun — in 1985. He has commanded the VF-14 "Tophatters" strike fighter squadron, the fast combat support ship USS Camden, the Nimitz class supercarrier USS Carl Vinson and the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group.

Carter has logged 6,150 flight hours in F-4, F-14 and F-18 aircraft. He has earned the Defense Superior Service Medal twice, the Legion of Merit three times, the Distinguished Flying Cross with Combat "V" and the Bronze Star, among other decorations.

Miller, also an academy graduate, is set to retire after 40 years in the Navy.

The change-of-command ceremony will be closed to the public, the academy said.

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