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Joseph "Joey" Harrison
Navy Element Commander
Captain, U.S. Navy
Joseph “Joey” Harrison, a native of Eustis, Florida joined the U.S. Navy via the Delayed Entry
Program in December 1986. He attended boot camp at Recruit Training Command (RTC) Orlando,
Florida, in March 1987 and reported for initial cryptologic training at Corry Station Pensacola,
Florida. He holds a Bachelor of Science in History and Business Administration from the
Excelsior University of New York and a Master’s in National Security Strategy from the U.S. Naval War
College and is a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate Executive Seminar Program as well as the Joint
Forces Staff College and is a Joint Qualified Officer.
At sea, he deployed aboard USS ELLIOT (DD-967) in support of Operation Desert Storm/
Shield. He PRE-Commissioned the USS BATAAN (LHD-5) as the leading petty officer,
promoted to Chief Petty Officer and was selected for commissioning via the Limited Duty officer
Program. He then served on the staff of COMPHIBRON TWO, embarked aboard USS NASSAU
(LHA-4) as the Information Warfare Officer and Battle Watch Captain supporting Operations Enduring
Freedom I/II. He was the Information Warfare Officer aboard USS SAIPAN (LHA-2), as well as various
direct support assignments.
Staff and Ashore assignments include; U.S. Naval Security Group Activity Okinawa, Japan, NSA/
CSS Fort Meade, Commander Operational Test and Evaluation Force as an operational test director,
Navy Information Operations Command Norfolk, VA as a direct support officer, Information Warfare
Training Command as an instructor and Basic Schools Training Branch Head, Navy Information
Operations Command Pensacola as the Operations Officer, staff of the Chief of Naval Operations
N39 as a cyberspace planner and Executive Assistant to N2N6F3. He was the first cross-detailed
cryptologist to serve as Executive Officer of Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station,
onboard Naval Station Sigonella Italy; U.S. Fleet Forces Command as the Fleet Cryptologic Resource
Coordinator for CTF-80 and the U.S. Atlantic Fleet; Head of Enlisted Information Warfare
Assignments (PERS-408) at Navy Personnel Command prior to serving as the plank owning
Commanding Officer of Cryptologic Warfare Activity SIXTY-SIX, (CWA-66), at Fort
Meade Maryland. His most recent assignment was at United States Special Operations
Command as the J3 Cyber Operations Branch Chief in a joint duty assignment.
Captain Harrison’s personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, (2
awards). the Meritorious Service Medal (five awards), Navy Commendation Medal, (4
awards); Navy Achievement Medal, (5 awards); and various campaign and service awards.
Captain Harrison is married to his high school sweetheart and love of his life, Kerry S. Harrison. They
have 3 adult girls, 3 grandchildren and 2 spoiled dogs.