John Jackson, professor, the E.A. Sperry chair of unmanned and robotic systems at U.S. Naval War College’s (NWC), greets more than 50 students from Rogers High School in Newport during a visit to the college. During their visit, students were able to learn more about NWC and expand their knowledge of world affairs, leadership and technology. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jess Lewis/released)

More than 50 students from Rogers High School in Newport visited U.S. Naval War College (NWC), March 27.

The visit provided students with the opportunity to learn more about NWC and expand their knowledge of world affairs, leadership and technology.

The genesis for the visit came from discussions late last year between Rear Adm. Jeffrey A. Harley, president of NWC, and Colleen Burns Jermain, superintendent of Newport Public Schools.


Sign up for What’s Up Newp’s free newsletter
and join the thousands who wake up with us daily.

They both agreed that there is significant value in exposing the students to military personnel operating in various capacities at the college.

“It is important for the citizens of Newport to understand what is done ‘inside the gates’ at Naval Station Newport and NWC,” said John E. Jackson, the E.A. Sperry chair of unmanned and robotic systems at the college, who coordinated the visit. “We all take pride in being part of the Aquidneck Island community and want all of our partners to see the talented and hard-working men and women – both in and out of uniform – who work tirelessly every day in defense of the nation.”

During their visit students participated in a multi-faceted program, which included conversations with senior leadership, a discussion of international ‘hot-spots’, and a briefing on military uses of robotics.

They also had the opportunity to learn about the college’s use of wargames, and how they are used to consider future military alternatives. This was followed by a hands-on experience using a world map visual, laid out on the floor in McCarty Little Hall.

“We explained the roles that games have historically played in the planning and preparation for armed conflict and gave the students the opportunity to play computer-based tactical and operational level games similar to those in use today,” said Peter Pellegrino, a senior military analyst in NWC’s Wargaming Department.

The students ended their visit with a tour and history briefing at the Naval War College Museum.

In the future, NWC plans to reach out to other schools on Aquidneck Island to achieve the same level of engagement.

Have a thought on this? Comment below...

Thanks for visiting, What’s Up Newp

Become A Supporter | Post An Event Subscribe To Receive Our Free Newsletter

What’sUpNewp Partners & Sponsors

We’re proud to work with some of the best businesses in and around Newport. Please consider supporting the following businesses, they make what we do possible.

Bit Players | Brick Alley Pub | BRS Building Company | California East

Chris Electric | Diego’s Newport | Diego’s Bodega Cantina | Duris Studios 

Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina | Hotel Viking | J2 Construct | Jane Pickens Theater 

Newport Marriott | Midtown Oyster Bar | Newport Art Museum | Newport Vineyards 

Ragged Island Brewing | Style Newport | Surf Club | Wharf Pub

Advertise With Us