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P. Gardner Howe III
Born 1962 (aged 52/53)
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch Seal of the United States Department of the Navy (alternate).svg United States Navy
Years of service 1984–present
Rank US-O9 insignia.svg Vice Admiral
Commands held
  • Operation Earnest Will
  • Operation Provide Promise
  • Operation Enduring Freedom
  • Operation Iraqi Freedom
  • Philip Gardner Howe III is a United States Navy Vice Admiral and Navy SEAL. He is currently associate director for military affairs at the Central Intelligence Agency. He previously served as the 55th President of the Naval War College, and was the first SEAL officer to hold this assignment. Prior to that, Howe was the Commander, Special Operations Command Pacific.

    Military career[edit | edit source]

    Howe was a commissioned as an Ensign following his graduation from the United States Naval Academy in 1984. He has held many positions within the Naval Special Warfare and Joint Special Operations Command JSOC communities. Howe has commanded Naval Special Warfare Unit 3 in Bahrain, Naval Special Warfare Group 3 in San Diego, and Special Operations Command Pacific. His overseas deployments have been in support of Operations Earnest Will, Provide Promise, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom as well as others across Asia and the western Pacific region.[1]

    Howe's major joint and staff assignments include current operations officer at Special Operations Command Pacific; chief staff officer, Naval Special Warfare Development Group; assistant chief of staff for Operations, Plans and Policy at Naval Special Warfare Command; director of Legislative Affairs for Special Operations Command; and assistant commanding officer, operations Joint Special Operations Command.[1] Howe most recently served as the Commander, Special Operations Command Pacific from 2013 to 2014.

    On 8 July 2014, Howe relieved Walter E. Carter Jr. to become the 55th President of the Naval War College.[2] On 25 July 2016, Jeffrey A. Harley relieved Howe to become the 56th President of the college.[3] Howe became associate director for military affairs at the Central Intelligence Agency on 4 October 2016.[4]

    Education[edit | edit source]

    Howe is a 1984 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1995 with a Master of Arts in national security affairs, and from the National War College in 2002 with a Master of Arts in national security.[1]

    Awards and decorations[edit | edit source]

    Military awards and badges[edit | edit source]

    Ribbon Description Notes
    Navy Distinguished Service Medal
    Ribbon of the DSSM Defense Superior Service Medal
    Gold star
    Gold star
    Gold star
    Legion of Merit with three gold award stars
    Gold star
    Bronze Star Medal with one award star
    Defense Meritorious Service Medal
    Ribbon of the MSM Meritorious Service Medal
    Joint Service Commendation Medal
    Gold star
    Gold star
    || Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal || with two award stars
    Gold star
    Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with one award star
    Combat Action Ribbon.svg Combat Action Ribbon
    Bronze star
    Bronze star
    Navy Presidential Unit Citation with two bronze service stars
    Bronze oak leaf cluster
    Joint Meritorious Unit Award with one bronze oak leaf cluster
    Bronze star
    Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon with one service star
    Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation ribbon.svg Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon
    FMF Ribbon Fleet Marine Force Ribbon
    Bronze star
    National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star
    Bronze star
    Bronze star
    Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with two service stars
    Bronze star
    Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one service star
    Ribbon of the GWTSM Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
    Armed Forces Service Medal
    Outstanding Volunteer Service ribbon.svg Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
    Silver star
    Bronze star
    Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with one silver and one bronze service stars
    Bronze star
    Navy Overseas Service Ribbon with one bronze star
    U.S. Navy Expert Rifleman Ribbon.svg Navy Expert Rifleman Medal
    U.S. Navy Expert Pistol Shot Ribbon.svg Navy Expert Pistol Shot Medal
    Badge Description
    US Navy SEALs insignia.png Navy Special Warfare Insignia
    United States Navy Parachutist Badge.png Naval Parachutist Insignia
    Navy CaS.png Command at Sea insignia

    Other awards[edit | edit source]

    • Service Member Defense of Freedom Award[5]

    References[edit | edit source]

    External links[edit | edit source]

    Military offices
    Preceded by
    Walter E. Carter Jr.
    President of the Naval War College
    8 July 2014 – 25 July 2016
    Succeeded by
    Jeffrey A. Harley

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