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Admiral Harry B. Harris, Jr., Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, is an alumnus of Harvard Kennedy School. He also attended Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service and Oxford University, with a focus on East Asia security.
Prior to assuming the U.S. Pacific Command in 2015, Admiral Harris had commanded the U.S. Pacific Fleet and the Theater Joint Force Maritime Component since 2013. He has served in every geographic combatant command region and participated in major operations that included S.S. Achille Lauro terrorist hijacking incident, Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, and Odyssey Dawn.
Harris’s assignments included serving as aide to the commander of U.S. Naval Forces Japan, chief speechwriter for the chairman of the JCS, and director for the current operations and anti-terrorism/force protection division. In 2011, he was the JSC chairman’s direct representative to the Secretary of State and U.S. roadmap monitor for the Mid-East Peace Process.
Harris has logged 4,400 flight hours, including more than 400 combat hours, in maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft. He has been awarded numerous medals including the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, and the State Department’s Distinguished Honor Award. He is also a recipient of the CIA’s Agency Seal Medal and is the Navy’s current “Gray Owl” – the NFO who has held this designation for the longest period.Last Updated: May 2, 2017, 12:30pm