A native of Southhampton, Penn., and a 1972 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Admiral Harry Ulrich has served in a broad range of sea and shore assignments. He has served seven sea tours with units of the Atlantic Fleet, and has participated in eight deployments to South America, West Africa, Northern and Southern Europe, and the Arabian Gulf.
During his last operational assignment, Adm. Ulrich served simultaneously as Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet; Commander, Naval Striking and Support Forces North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO); and Commander, Allied Joint Command Lisbon.
Adm. Ulrich’s shore assignments include duty on the Joint Staff and the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations. He has served as Director of Cruise Missile Plans and Policy, as well as Director of Surface Warfare. In 2001, he was selected to lead the revolution in U.S. Navy training as Commander, Task Force Excel.
In 1981, Adm. Ulrich earned a Master of Science in Physics from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, and he also studied at the National War College in Washington, D.C.
As Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe he is responsible for providing overall command, operational control, and coordination of U.S. Naval forces in the European Command area of responsibility. As Commander, Allied Joint Force Command Naples, Adm. Ulrich currently has operational responsibility for NATO missions in the Balkans, Iraq and the Mediterranean.
He assumed his duties on 23 May 2005.