Capt. John A. Carter
U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command
Chief of Staff
In his current position, Capt. John A. Carter serves as the chief of staff for the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command.
Carter is a native of Hampton Bays, New York. A 1988 graduate of the University of Rochester, he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering.
Carter’s sea assignments include serving as the Reactor Controls Officer and Reactor Training Assistant on the USS Mississippi (CGN-40); the Operations Officer on the USS Crommelin (FFG-37), and the Engineer Officer on the USS South Carolina (CGN-37). Additionally, Carter served as the Fleet Force Protection Officer for Sixth Fleet, Chief Staff Officer for Task Force 68, and the Reactor Officer for the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69). Carter has commanded the USS Salvor (ARS-52), USS Roosevelt (DDG-80) and USS Bataan (LHD-5). Carter has deployed supporting Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Desert Strike, Support Democracy, Active Endeavor, JTF Aztec Silence, JTF Agile Response, and Enduring Freedom.
Ashore he has served as an instructor at Naval Nuclear Power School in Orlando, Florida, and as the Surface Nuclear Assignments Officer in Millington, Tennessee. Additionally, Carter’s joint tour included serving as Group Lead for Knowledge Management at the Joint Enabling Capabilities Command.
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 a graduate of the Joint Forces Staff College.
His personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (two awards).