Commander Harrison’s biography follows:
Commander Joseph B. Harrison III
Cryptologic Warfare Activity SIXTY SIX
Commander Joseph “Joey” Harrison, a native of Eustis, Florida, joined the U. S. Navy under the Delayed Entry Enlistment Program in December 1986. He attended boot camp at Recruit Training Command Orlando, Florida, in March 1987 and subsequently reported for initial cryptologic training at Corry Station Pensacola, Florida in April 1987. He holds a Bachelor of Science in History and Business Administration from the Excelsior University of New York and a Master’s degree in National Security Strategy from the Naval War College.
His sea duty assignments include: USS ELLIOT (DD 967) during Operation Desert Storm, qualifying Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist (ESWS); PRE-Commissioning Unit BATAAN Leading Petty Officer (LPO) and Leading Chief Petty Officer (LCPO) on USS BATAAN (LHD 5), qualifying Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist (EAWS); Staff Cryptologist and Information Operations Officer for COMPHIBRON TWO embarked aboard USS NASSAU (LHA 4) where he qualified as Battle Watch Captain (BWC) during Operation Iraqi Freedom; USS SAIPAN (LHA 2) as the Information Warfare Officer.
Shore and staff assignments include: U.S. Naval Security Group Activity Okinawa, Japan, NSA/CSS Fort Meade, Commander Operational Test and Evaluation Force, Navy Information Operations Command Norfolk, VA as a direct support officer where he completed two direct support tours and various Combatant Command exercises, Information Warfare Training Center as an instructor and CTR/CTN branch head, Navy Information Operations Command Pensacola serving as Operations Officer and on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations (N2N6) as cyberspace action officer. He was also privileged to serve as the Executive Officer of Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station (NCTS) Sicily, onboard Naval Station Sigonella Italy and as Fleet Cryptologic Resource Coordinator for Commander Task Force-80 and the U.S. Atlantic Fleet at Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk, Virginia. He most recently completed a tour at Navy Personnel Command as the Head of Enlisted IWC Assignments for over 25,000 personnel.
Commander Harrison’s personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Navy Commendation Medal (four awards), the Navy Achievement medal (five awards) as well as various campaign and unit awards.