Carrier Strike Group Eleven

Commander, CSG 11

Chief of Staff

Commander, CSG 11: Rear Admiral Gregory Harris

Rear Adm. Gregory Harris is a native of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and a 1987 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He was designated a naval flight officer in May 1989 and subsequently a naval aviator in May 1993.

Prior command tours include Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68), the FA-18 E/F series Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 122 onboard Naval Air Station Lemoore and VFA-115, embarked on USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).

Harris’ sea tours include Attack Squadron (VA) 185 aboard USS Midway (CV 41), VFA-22 with deployments aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) and USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), and as department head with VFA-115 aboard Abraham Lincoln.

Ashore, Harris’ tours include VFA-125 as an instructor pilot and training officer, U.S. Special Operations Command, where he served in the Center for Special Operations, Training, Doctrine and Education Division, Commander Strike Force Training Pacific to serve as the air operations and plans officer, a brief assignment as a battle director, Combined Air and Space Operating Center, in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) N3/N5 as the deputy director air-sea battle and at OPNAV N98 as the Carrier Strike Aircraft & Programs Branch head (OPNAV N980S).

Harris assumed command of Carrier Strike Group 11 Oct. 4, 2017.

He has accumulated over 4,200 flight hours, 1,045 arrested landings and has flown over 100 combat missions in direct support of Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

Harris’ personal awards include the Legion of Merit (two awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Air Medal (six Strike/Flight, one with Combat “V”), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards, one with Combat “V”), Joint Service Achievement Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), as well as various other campaign and unit awards.

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Chief of Staff: Captain James Harney

Captain James Harney is a native of Nicholasville, Kentucky and earned his commission in 1996 from the United States Naval Academy.

His assignments at sea include Commanding and Executive Officer of USS RUSSELL (DDG 59), commissioning Damage Control Assistant aboard USS ROSS (DDG 71), CIC Officer aboard USS PETERSON (DD 969), Operations Officer aboard USS MCFAUL (DDG 74), and Operations Officer aboard USS CHOSIN (CG 65). During these operational tours, he completed deployments and missions in support of Operations Allied Force, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom.

Ashore, he attended the Naval Postgraduate School; Served as Surface Warfare Officer, Second Tour Department Head Detailer, Bureau of Naval Personnel, PERS-41; Maritime Operations Planner in the Standing Joint Force Headquarters; Joint Operations Center Team Chief in the Operations Directorate (J3) of U.S. Africa Command, and Commanding Officer, Afloat Training Group Mayport.

Captain Harney’s personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal (3 awards), the Navy Achievement Medal (3 awards), and various service campaign and unit decorations.

Captain Harney holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from the U.S. Naval Academy, a Master of Science in Computer Science (Modeling and Simulation focus) from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, and completed his Joint Service education at the Armed Forces Staff College.

CARRIER STRIKE GROUP 11 FACTS

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