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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, Colorado. 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 550th Special Operations Squadron and the 449th Air Expeditionary Group 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 2500 flying hours in the AC-130U, MC-130H, HC-130P/N, and C-130E. Colonel Harris is a native of Norristown, Pa.

Education

Leading Strategically Seminar, Center for Creative Leadership, Colorado (2018)

Enterprise Leadership Seminar, University of North Carolina (2014)

Senior Developmental Education, National War College, Fort McNair, Washington D.C. (2014)

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

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

Master of Organizational Management, George Washington University, Washington D.C. (2001)

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

Professional Experience

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

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

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

Student, National War College, Fort McNair, Washington D.C. (2013-2014)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Student, Air Force Intern Program, Pentagon, Washington D.C. (1999-2001)

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

Student, Undergraduate Navigator Training, Randolph AFB, Texas (1994-1995)

Defense Support Program Systems Engineer, 1st Space Operations Squadron, Schriever AFB, Colorado

Student, Undergraduate Space Training, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California (1994)

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