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Rear Admiral Harry B. Harris, Jr.:

Military Branch:United States Navy
Position: Director, Information, Plans and Security Division Staff of the Chief of Naval Operations
Rear Admiral Harry B. Harris, Jr., was born in Yokosuka, Japan, and reared in Tennessee and Florida. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1978. Upon commissioning and completion of flight training, he was assigned to VP-44, homeported in Brunswick, Maine. His other operational tours include assignment as a Tactical Action Officer onboard USS Saratoga, homeported in Mayport, Fla., when CV-60 participated in strike operations against Libya; Operations Officer in VP-4 during Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm; and three tours with Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 1/CTF57/CTF 72, homeported in Kami Seya, Japan. In 2002, he reported to Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/Commander U.S. Fifth Fleet, serving as ACOS for Operations, Plans, and Pol-Mil Affairs (N3/N5) where he was involved in planning and execution of the Naval component’s portion of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
His command assignments include VP-46 at Whidbey Island, Wash., and Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 1/CTF57/CTF 72 at Kami Seya, Japan. While in command of TF 57, the Task Force was heavily involved in Operation Enduring Freedom, flying nearly 1,000 combat sorties over Afghanistan.
Rear Adm. Harris’ shore and education assignments include Aide and Flag Lieutenant to the Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Japan, in Yokosuka, Japan; duty on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations as a strategist in the Strategy and Concepts Branch; and Special Assistant and Chief Speechwriter for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Selected for the Navy’s Harvard/Tufts Program, he attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, graduating in 1992 with a Master in Public Administration degree. He was later selected as an Arthur S. Moreau Scholar and commenced studies in international relations at Oxford and Georgetown Universities, earning a Master of Arts in National Security Studies from the latter in 1994. While at Georgetown, he was also Fellow in the School of Foreign Service. He was an MIT Seminar XXI Fellow for the 1999-2000 academic year.
In August 2004, he reported to the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations as Director, Information, Plans and Security Division (OPNAV N3IPS). Rear Adm. Harris has logged 4400 flight hours, including over 400 combat hours, in U.S. and foreign maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft.
Rear Admiral Harris’ personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (2 awards), the Bronze Star (2 awards), the Meritorious Service Medal (4 awards), the Air Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal (5 awards), Navy Achievement Medal, and various campaign and unit decorations. He is a recipient of the Navy League’s Stephen Decatur Award for Operational Competence.
Updated: 9 May 2005


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