CAPT John A. Carter is a native of Hampton Bays, NY on the South Fork of Long Island. A 1988 graduate of the University of Rochester, he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering.
His sea assignments have included division officer tour on the USS MISSISSIPPI (CGN-40) as the Reactor Controls Officer and Reactor Training Assistant. His first department head tour was on USS CROMMELIN (FFG-37) as the Operations Officer. His second department head tour was on USS SOUTH CAROLINA (CGN-37) as the Engineer Officer. Additionally, CAPT Carter served as the Fleet Force Protection Officer for Sixth Fleet, Chief Staff Officer for Task Force Sixty-Eight, and the Reactor Officer for the USS DWIGHT D EISENHOWER (CVN-69). He relieved as Executive Officer of USS BATAAN (LHD-5) in February 2013.
Ashore he has served as an instructor at Naval Nuclear Power School in Orlando, FL, and as the Surface Nuclear Assignments Officer in Millington, TN. Additionally while ashore, he completed his Joint Officer tour while assigned to the JOINT ENABLING CAPABILITIES COMMAND.
CAPT Carter has commanded two ships for the United States Navy. He commanded USS SALVOR (ARS-52) from 2001 to 2003, and USS ROOSEVELT (DDG-80) from 2006 to 2008. While in command, CAPT Carter has deployed to both the Western Pacific and the Mediterranean. Ships that he has commanded have been awarded; three Battle E’s, nineteen warfare E’s, three Golden Anchors, four CNO Safety Awards, Secretary of the Navy Safety Award, the NEY award, and SURFLANT selection as the Battenberg Cup Nominee.
CAPT Carter has earned a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from U.S. Naval War College. He is a proven sub-specialist in Nuclear Propulsion, and he is a graduate of the Joint Forces Staff College. He is a qualified Joint Service Officer.
CAPT Carter has served in the following Campaigns: Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Desert Strike, Support Democracy, Operation Active Endeavor, JTF Aztec Silence, JTF Agile Response, Operation Enduring Freedom, and JTF-RNC. His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two gold stars), Navy Commendation Medal (two gold stars), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (two gold stars).