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List Rules People on this list must have gone to National War College and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from National War College, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from National War College include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished National War College alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended National War College are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from National War College.

List is made up of a variety of graduates, including John McCain and Colin Powell.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to National War College?” and “Which celebrities are National War College alumni?”

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John McCain is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous National War College Alumni
Pilot, Statesman, Politician John Sidney McCain III was an American politician and naval officer who served as a United States Senator from Arizona from 1987 until his passing. He previously served two terms in the United ...more

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Colin Powell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous National War College Alumni
Statesman, Politician, Soldier Colin Luther Powell is an American statesman and a retired four-star general in the United States Army. He was the 65th United States Secretary of State, serving under U.S. President George W. ...more

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Charles A. Gillespie, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous National War College Alumni
Diplomat Charles Anthony “Tony” Gillespie, Jr. was a former United States career diplomat who helped to open the first United States Embassy in Grenada. He later served as the United States Ambassador to ...more

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Eric Shinseki is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous National War College Alumni
Politician, Soldier Eric Ken Shinseki is a retired United States Army general who served as the seventh United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs. His final U.S. Army post was as the 34th Chief of Staff of the ...more

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James L. Jones is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous National War College Alumni
Diplomat James Logan Jones, Jr. is a retired United States Marine Corps general and the former United States National Security Advisor. During his military career, he served as Commander, United States ...more

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Norton A. Schwartz is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous National War College Alumni
Norton Allan Schwartz is a retired United States Air Force general who served as the 19th Chief of Staff of the Air Force from August 12, 2008 until his retirement in 2012. As Chief of Staff, he ...more

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Edward L. Beach, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous National War College Alumni
Novelist Edward Latimer Beach, Jr. was a highly decorated United States Navy submarine officer and best-selling author. During World War II, he participated in the Battle of Midway and 12 combat patrols, ...more

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John T. Chain, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous National War College Alumni
John T. Chain, Jr. Businessperson John Thomas Chain, Jr. is a retired U.S. Air Force General. He is also a director of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, ConAgra Foods, Inc., and Kemper Insurance Co., as well as holding other ...more

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Wesley Clark is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous National War College Alumni
Businessperson, Politician, Entrepreneur Wesley Kanne Clark, Sr. is a retired General of the United States Army. He graduated as valedictorian of the class of 1966 at West Point and was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to the University of ...more

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Elmo Zumwalt is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous National War College Alumni
Elmo Russell "Bud" Zumwalt, Jr. was an American naval officer and the youngest man to serve as Chief of Naval Operations. As an admiral and later the 19th Chief of Naval Operations, ...more

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Hugh Shelton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous National War College Alumni
Military Officer General Henry Hugh Shelton is a retired American career military officer of the United States Army. He served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1997 to 2001.

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Ernest M. Eller is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous National War College Alumni
Ernest McNeill Eller was a Rear Admiral in the United States Navy, who served as Director of Naval History, Naval History Division, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations from 1956 to 1970.

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Martin Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous National War College Alumni
Martin E. "Marty" Dempsey is a United States Army general and the 18th and current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He previously served as the 37th Chief of Staff of the Army ...more

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Wilbur L. Creech is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous National War College Alumni
General Wilbur Lyman Creech commanded the United States Air Force Tactical Air Command from May 1, 1978 to December 31, 1984 with headquarters at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia. As of February ...more

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James G. Stavridis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous National War College Alumni
James George Stavridis is the 12th Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, the oldest school in the United States dedicated solely to graduate studies in ...more

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Albert P. Clark is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous National War College Alumni
Lieutenant General Albert Patton Clark was the sixth superintendent of the United States Air Force Academy near Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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Roy S. Benson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous National War College Alumni
Roy S. Benson Roy Stanley Benson is a veteran submarine commander from World War II who later served as the Commander Submarine Force U.S. Pacific Fleet during the Cold War.

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John Beyrle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous National War College Alumni
John Ross Beyrle, a career Foreign Service Officer and specialist in Russian and Eastern European affairs, was Ambassador of the United States to the Russian Federation from July 3, 2008 until ...more

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Harold Keith Johnson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous National War College Alumni
Harold Keith "Johnny" Johnson was a United States General. He served as the Chief of Staff of the United States Army from 1964 to 1968.

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Jacob E. Smart is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous National War College Alumni
General Jacob Edward Smart was a U.S. Army Air Force leader in World War II and Cold War era Air Force general.

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Gen. Myrna Williamson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous National War College Alumni
Gen. Myrna Williamson is a retired Army General.

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Lester Lyles is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous National War College Alumni
Lester Lyles General Lester L. Lyles is a former United States Air Force general, Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, and Commander, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force ...more

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Marie L. Yovanovitch is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous National War College Alumni
Diplomat Marie L. Yovanovitch was the Ambassador from the United States of America to Armenia. Her term of appointment started August 1, 2008 and ended June 3, 2011. She was the first woman to hold this ...more

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R. Niels Marquardt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous National War College Alumni
R. Niels Marquardt is an American diplomat and current United States Consul General in Sydney, Australia.

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John R. Lasater is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous National War College Alumni
John R. Lasater John Roger Lasater is a retired U.S. Air Force Brigadier General who served as a deputy assistant secretary of defense for European and North Atlantic Treaty Organization policy, the principal ...more