June 2004
Naval War College Review;Summer/Autumn2004, Vol. 57 Issue 3/4, p5
Academic Journal
The article informs that this is the fiftieth time that command of the Naval War College of the U.S. has been passed from one officer to another. The first occurred in August 1886, when Captain Alfred Thayer Mahan assumed the presidency following Commodore Stephen B. Luce's highly successful tour as the College's founding President. It is fascinating to wonder what may have been on Mahan's mind as he arrived on horseback in front of Founder's Hall to begin his first day as President. Nearly a dozen decades have passed since that first informal change of command, and the world has changed in ways that even the forward thinkers at the Naval War College could never have imagined.


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