COL Richard A. Harrison
COL Richard A. Harrison graduated from Elizabeth City State University located in Elizabeth City, NC in 1994 with a degree in Business Administration. He also holds a Master of Arts in Policy Management from Georgetown University, Washington, DC and a Master of Science in Strategic Military Studies from the United States Army War College, Carlisle, PA.
Upon completion of the Air Defense Officer Basic Course and the SHORAD weapons course at Fort Bliss, Texas, he was assigned as an Avenger/Stinger Platoon Leader and Battery Executive Officer in 2-44 ADA, Fort Campbell, Kentucky from April 1995 to May 1998. Following completion of the Air Defense Artillery Officer Advanced Course and attendance at the Combined Arms and Services Staff School (CAS3) at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas he served as the Deputy Assistant Division Air Defense Officer for the 25th ID(Light), Battalion S-1/Adjutant and Commander, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1-62 ADA, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.
COL Harrison later assumed command of Charlie Battery, 1-62 ADA, Fort Lewis, Washington. Following command, he served as an Army Intern in the Immediate Office of the Secretary of Defense, Pentagon, Washington, DC from May 2003 to May 2004. And from May 2004 to June 2006, he served as a Strategic Planner and Executive Office for the Army Initiatives Group in the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7, Pentagon, Washington, DC. Also during this time, he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) serving in numerous positions at the headquarters for Military Transition Teams in Iraq. From July 2006 to May 2007, he served as an Army Fellow attending Georgetown University, Washington, DC. Upon graduation, he was immediately assigned as the Executive Officer of 3-4 ADAR, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. COL Harrison was later assigned as the Deputy Commanding Officer for the 108th Air Defense Artillery Brigade and later the Battalion Commander for 3-4 ADAR both at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. While serving as the Battalion Commander for 3-4 ADAR, COL Harrison deployed his headquarters, two Patriot Firing Batteries, and support elements to an undisclosed location in the USCENTCOM AOR in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). He served as the G-3 (Forward), 32d AAMDC at the Combined Air Operations Center (CAOC), Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar.
COL Harrison’s military education includes the ADA Officer Basic and Advanced Course, CAS3, the Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC), and the United States Army War College (USAWC). His military awards and decorations include two awards of the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, four awards of the Meritorious Service Medal, two awards of the Army Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, three awards of the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal with one bronze star, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Ribbon, three awards of the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge, the Army Staff Identification Badge, the Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge, and German and Uruguayan Airborne Wings.