Military aviators to earn wings May 9 at NAS Whiting Field

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Admiral Harry Harris, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Pacific Fleet, served as the guest speaker for the Training Air Wing FIVE winging ceremony at NAS Whiting Field Friday, May 9.

Admiral Harry B. Harris, Jr. Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet.

Admiral Harry B. Harris, Jr. Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet.

Harris, one of the highest ranking admirals in the Navy, is a former Pensacola resident and this is the first time he has returned to his hometown since he advanced to the four-star rank.  He will be available following the Winging Ceremony to answer any questions.

Adm. Harris was born in Japan and raised in Tennessee and Florida. Following graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1978 and designation as a naval flight officer, he was assigned to VP-44. His subsequent operational tours include tactical action officer aboard USS Saratoga (CV 60); operations officer in VP-4 at Barbers Point, Hawaii; three tours with Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 1 at Kami Seya, Japan; Director of Operations for U.S. 5th Fleet at Manama, Bahrain; and Director of Operations for U.S. Southern Command.

Harris has served in every geographic combatant command region, and participated in the following major operations: S.S. Achille Lauro terrorist hijacking incident, Attain Document III (Libya, 1986), Earnest Will (Kuwaiti reflagged tanker ops, 1987-88), Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, Willing Spirit (Colombia hostage rescue, 2006-7), and Odyssey Dawn (Libya, 2011). For Odyssey Dawn, he served as the Joint Force Maritime Component Commander afloat.

Harris is also serving as the guest speaker for the Helicopter Training Squadron EIGHT Change of Command Ceremony at 1 p.m.

In October 2011, he was assigned as the Assistant to the Chairman of the JCS where he served as the Chairman’s direct representative to the Secretary of State and as the U.S. roadmap monitor for the Mid-East Peace Process.

Harris was promoted to Admiral and assumed command of the U.S. Pacific Fleet in October 2013.

Additionally, the Italian Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Claudio Bisogniero will speak briefly during the Winging Ceremony, and is a guest for the event.  Bisogniero will not be available for media following the event.

Fourteen military aviators are expected to receive their wings during the ceremony including two from the Italian Navy.

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