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Colonel David A. Harris Jr.

Vice Superintendent

Headquarters Air Force Academy

Colonel David A. Harris Jr.
Contact Information

(719) 333-7731

Bio

Col. David A. Harris is Vice Superintendent, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo. He serves as chief operations officer and principal executive advisor to the Superintendent. He is the principal coordinating agent for all command matters.

Col. Harris earned his commission through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of Alabama in 1993. He has commanded the 449th Air Expeditionary Group and the 550th Special Operations Squadron and served as the Deputy Director of Operations for Joint Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, N.C. Prior to his current position, Col. Harris was the Commander of the 1st Expeditionary Special Operations Wing and Joint Special Operations Air Component Central, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar.

Col. Harris has deployed as the Operations Officer for a 4,400 person Joint Special Operations Task Force in Afghanistan and Director, Combat Operations, Combined Joint Special Operations Air Component for Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. He is a master navigator and basic parachutist with more than 2,500 flying hours in the AC-130U, MC-130H, HC-130P/N, and C-130E. Col. Harris is a native of Norristown, Pa.

Education

Bachelor of Science, Aerospace Engineering, University of Alabama (1993)

Masters of Organizational Management, George Washington University (2001)

Intermediate Developmental Education, Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth (2006)

Master of Military Operational Art and Science, School of Advanced Military Studies, Fort Leavenworth (2007)

Senior Developmental Education, National War College, Fort McNair (2014)

Enterprise Leadership Seminar, University of North Carolina (2014)

Professional Experience

Undergraduate Space Training, Vandenberg Air Force Base (1994)

Defense Support Program Systems Engineer, 1st Space Operations Squadron, Schriever AFB (1994-1994)

Undergraduate Navigator Training, Randolph AFB (1994-1995)

Instructor Navigator AC-130U, 4th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field (1995-1999)

Air Force Intern Program, Pentagon (1999-2001)

MC-130H Initial Navigator Qualification, Kirtland AFB (2001-2002)

Chief, Squadron Standards and Evaluations, 7th Special Operations Squadron, Royal Air Force Mildenhall (2002-2004)

Evaluator Navigator MC-130H, Chief of Group Information Office, 352 Special Operations Group, RAF Mildenhall (2004-2005)

Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth (2005-2006)

School of Advanced Military Studies, Fort Leavenworth (2006-2007)

Director of Operations, 550th Special Operations Squadron, Kirtland AFB (2007-2009)

Commander, 550th Special Operations Squadron, Kirtland AFB (2009-2010)

Deputy Director of Operations, Joint Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg (2010-2012)

Commander, 449th Air Expeditionary Group, Djibouti (2012-2013)

Student, National War College, Fort McNair (2013-2014)

Senior Analyst, Office of the Secretary of Defense for Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (2014-2015)

Commander, 1st Expeditionary Special Operations Wing, Al Udeid Air Base (2015-2016)

Vice Superintendent, United States Air Force Academy (2016-Present)

Honors & Awards

Legion of Merit

Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor device

Bronze Star

Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster

Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters