Delaware Veterans Trust Fund Dinner

Our Keynote Speaker

Charles Baldwin

Retired Navy Command Master Chief Charles ‘Chuck’ Baldwin

During his 28-year Navy career Mr. Baldwin served as the top enlisted man on the 5,500 member crew of the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), and was a finalist for MCPON (Master Chief Petty Office of the Navy).

His focus on leadership and education continued after his retirement. He served as president of The Charter School of Wilmington. Founded in 1996 it is one of the first charter schools in the nation.

In 2003, he co-founded the Delaware Military Academy in Wilmington, raising more than $15 million for its construction. Its mission is to prepare young men and women for their next level of education and to provide them with a foundation that leads to good citizenship. It has been recognized by the U.S. Department of the Navy as a Distinguished NJROTC Unit with Academic Honors.

Mr. Baldwin later advised the founding committee of the First State Military Academy in Clayton, whose students participate in Marine Jr. ROTC. In May it featured its first graduating class.

In 2017, he authored “Carrier to Classroom,” with book signings at Barnes & Noble in Wilmington resulting in a $2,700 contribution to the Veterans Trust Fund. The book encourages military veterans to enter teaching. It details ‘10 Deckplate Leadership Lessons’ for all teachers, whether military or civilian. He is a regular speaker at official U.S. Navy events in Washington and beyond. “Carrier to Classroom,” can be ordered on