VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- Lt. Cmdr. George Harris Training Support Center Hampton Roads Deputy Information Assurance Manager and the Cyber Security Workforce Program Manager retired concluding 30 years of naval service.
Harris a native of Chicago, Illinois, retired during a ceremony held in the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit hangar, NAS Oceana, attended by numerous shipmates, friends and family.
"It's a distinct privilege to be here today to participate in this most important ceremony for a fellow Mustang and a dear friend," said mentor retired Navy Cmdr. Dennis Cameron. "George has the unique ability to succeed in every mission and he's always made himself available to help out his fellow shipmates. He's the best Mustang I've ever known. I am honored to have worked with him and to call him friend."
Harris began his Naval Career in 1987, enlisting in the Navy in Chicago, Illinois and attended recruit training in San Diego, California.
Upon completion of recruit training, Harris reported to Radio Man "A" school. In 1988, he reported to Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station Philippine for a two-year tour, where he was advanced to Petty Officer 3rd Class earning Junior Sailor of the Year honors.
He next continued to the fleet transferring to USS Kiska (AE 35) home ported in Concord, California in 1990. He was advanced to Petty Officer 2nd Class, in route to the Arabian Gulf. In 1991, Harris reported to USS Arkansas (CGN 41) for a two-year tour, earning the Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist designation.
Harris transferred to Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Atlantic Norfolk, serving as Joint Fleet Telecommunications Operations Center Supervisor from 1995 to 1998. He joined the fleet again transferring to Commander Carrier Group Eight, Norfolk, Virginia from 1998 to 2001 and achieved the rank of Petty Officer 1st Class, earned Sailor of the Year honors and his Enlisted Air Warfare Specialist designation.
After a rate merger wearing the rank of Information Technologist Petty Officer 1st class, he transferred to Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station Bahrain for a one year tour.
Subsequently he joined the proud ranks of the Chief Petty Officer (CPO) Community. He then served on USS Nicholas (FFG 47) as Leading CPO of Operations Department and Radio Chief from 2003 to 2004.
Harris was commissioned in 2004. He attended officer orientation class at NAS Pensacola before reporting to USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) home ported in Norfolk serving as Communications Officer and Automated Data Processing Officer (ADPO) from 2004 to 2008 where he completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. Lt. Jg. Harris then reported to USS Enterprise (CVN 65) as ADPO from 2008 to 2009. Lt. Harris reported to Naval Special WARFARE Group TWO as the Director of Communications from 2009 to 2011. He stayed in Special Operations serving as the Officer in Charge Mobile Communications Team TWO; Little Creek, Virginia from 2011 to 2015.
Harris has been awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal (1) Navy Commendation Medal (7), Navy Achievement Medal (3) and various other campaign awards.
Harris thanked his family, his church family and his Navy family for their tremendous support throughout his career. Telling those who wanted to achieve success, "Discipline not desire will determine your destiny and outcome," said Harris.
Harris has been married for over 27 years to Marilou and they have two adult children Shavon and Shameika.
As part of the ceremony, the Harris' surprised guests by renewing their wedding vows.
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