USS Russell
"Strength in Freedom"
CDR James W. Harney
CDR James W. Harney
Executive Officer (December 2012 - January 2014)

CDR James Harney is a native of Nicholasville, Kentucky and earned his commission in 1996 from the United States Naval Academy.

His assignments at sea include being the commissioning Damage Control Assistant aboard USS ROSS (DDG 71), CIC Officer aboard USS PETERSON (DD 969), Operations Officer aboard USS MCFAUL (DDG 74), and Operations Officer aboard USS CHOSIN (CG 65). During these operational tours, he completed deployments and missions in support of Operations Allied Force, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom.

Ashore, he attended the Naval Postgraduate School; Served as Surface Warfare Officer, Second Tour Department Head Detailer, Bureau of Naval Personnel, PERS-41; Maritime Operations Planner in the Standing Joint Force Headquarters, and Joint Operations Center Team Chief in the Operations Directorate (J3) of U.S. Africa Command.

Commander Harney’s personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal (3 awards), the Navy Achievement Medal (3 awards), and various service campaign and unit decorations.

Commander Harney holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from the U.S. Naval Academy, a Master of Science in Computer Science (Modeling and Simulation focus) from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, and completed his Joint Service education at the Armed Forces Staff College.


USS Russell Departs Pearl Harbor

 Served with...

CMDCM Kenneth A. Nist
 CDR Gary Cave
CDR Mike Weeldreyer
CMDCM(SW/AW) Matt Ruane
CDR Ann McCann
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