|CAPT Michael J. Harris
CAPT Michael Harris enlisted in the United States Navy in 1987 and was commissioned through the Enlisted Commissioning Program in 1995. While enlisted, he completed sea duty assignments at CARRIER AIRBORNE EARLY WARNING SQUADRON 117 deployed on USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) and USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72). He was selected for the Enlisted Commissioning Program and attended Iowa State University.
He reported in November 2017 to USS GREEN BAY (LPD 20) in Sasebo, Japan as Executive Office to begin his Major Command tour.
Following his commission in 1995, Mike’s assignments at sea include: Main Propulsion Division Officer and Auxiliaries Officer onboard USS COWPENS (CG 63). Assistant Staff Operations Officer at AMPHIBIOUS SQUADRON THREE completing deployments on USS TARAWA (LHA 1) and USS BON HOMME RICHARD (LHD 6). As a Department Head, Mike served as Chief Engineer onboard USS KLAKRING (FFG 42) deployed to the Atlantic with NATO Standing Naval Force, Material and Readiness Officer for Destroyer Squadron FOURTEEN. In July 2012 he completed his Executive Officer tour and assumed command of USS PEARL HARBOR on July 6, 2012. Following his command tour Mike reported to Commander Amphibious Task Force Seventh Fleet in Okinawa, Japan and completed deployments on USS BON HOMME RICHARD (LHD 6) and USS PELEILU (LHA 5) in the Seventh Fleet AOR.
While at Iowa State University, he received BBA in Finance. Mike has also earned a Master of Science in 2002 from Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA and a Master of Arts in 2010 from Naval War College in Newport, RI. Other shore duty assignments include an overseas tour with NATO at the Allied Component Command, Maritime in Naples, Italy as a Staff Operations Officer, Maritime Operations Standing Maritime Group 2 and as an Engineering and Material Readiness Instructor for Surface Warfare Officer’s School, Newport, RI. Mike completed his tour as Senior Assessor for Engineering Assessments Pacific in August 2017.
CDR Harris’ personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medals, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medals, Navy Achievement Medals, Good Conduct, Expert Pistol and Rifle.