John C. Harvey, Jr.

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John C. Harvey, Jr.
3rd Virginia Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Assumed office
January 11, 2014
Governor Terry McAuliffe
Preceded by James W. Hopper
Personal details
Born John Collins Harvey, Jr.
(1951-12-17) December 17, 1951 (age 65)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Spouse(s) Mary Ellen Swift
Residence Vienna, Virginia
Alma mater U.S. Naval Academy (B.S.)
Harvard University (M.P.A.)
Profession Naval officer
Signature
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1973–2012
Rank US Navy O10 infobox.svg Admiral
Awards Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Navy Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Legion of Merit (5)
Bronze Star

John Collins Harvey, Jr. (born December 17, 1951)[1] is a former United States Navy four-star admiral who last served as the 31st Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command from July 24, 2009 to September 14, 2012. He previously served as Director, Navy Staff (N09B) from March 24, 2008 to July 23, 2009. Prior to that, he served as the 54th Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP) and Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Manpower, Personnel, Training & Education) (N1) from November 2005 to April 2008. He retired from the Navy after over 39 years of service.

Harvey was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland and graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1969. He received his commission from the United States Naval Academy in 1973 and immediately commenced training in the Navy’s Nuclear Propulsion program. In 1988, he received a master's degree in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Naval career[edit]

Admiral Harvey in 2009 as Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command

Harvey has served at sea on the USS Enterprise (CVN-65), USS Bainbridge (CGN-25), USS McInerney (FFG-8), as Reactor Officer on the USS Nimitz (CVN-68), and as Executive Officer on the USS Long Beach (CGN-9). He commanded USS David R. Ray (DD-971), USS Cape St. George (CG-71) and Cruiser-Destroyer Group Eight/Theodore Roosevelt Strike Group. He has deployed to the North and South Atlantic; the Mediterranean, Baltic and Red Seas; the Western Pacific, Indian Ocean, and the Persian Gulf. Harvey's shore assignments includes two tours at the Bureau of Naval Personnel, as the Senior Military Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense (Policy), as Director, Total Force Programming and Manpower Management Division (OPNAV N12), and as Deputy for Warfare Integration (OPNAV N7F).

On November 22, 2005, then-Rear Admiral Harvey was promoted to vice admiral and assumed duties as the Navy’s 54th Chief of Naval Personnel and Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Manpower, Personnel, Training & Education).

On January 24, 2008, Harvey was nominated by President George W. Bush for reappointment to the grade of vice admiral and assignment as Director, Navy Staff (N09B).[2] He was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 13, 2008.[3] With the removal of previous Director, Navy Staff, Vice Admiral John Stufflebeem, Harvey assumed those duties on March 24, 2008.[4]

On April 15, 2009, Harvey was nominated by President Barack Obama for appointment to the grade of admiral and assignment as Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command.[5] He was confirmed by the Senate on May 4, 2009,[3] and assumed the assignment on July 24, 2009.[6]

On December 16, 2011, the US Navy's Old Salt designation was passed to Harvey, making him the longest-serving Surface Warfare Officer currently on active duty within the US Navy.[7]

Use of social media[edit]

Harvey is active in the naval blogosphere often posting at the United States Naval Institute's blog. As Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, he maintained his own blog.[8]

Post-military career[edit]

Harvey was appointed as the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security in the cabinet of Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe.[9] In accordance with legislation signed by Governor McAuliffe in March 2014, his current post was renamed as the Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs.[10]

Awards and decorations[edit]

U.S. Military Decorations

Surface Warfare Officer Insignia.png Surface Warfare Officer

Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Gold star
Navy Distinguished Service Medal with one gold award star
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Legion of Merit with four gold award stars
Bronze Star Medal ribbon.svg Bronze Star
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Meritorious Service Medal with four gold award stars
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal ribbon.svg Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal ribbon.svg Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal
Navy "E" Ribbon with three Battle E devices
Bronze star
Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon with one bronze service stars
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation ribbon.svg Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon
National Defense Service Medal ribbon.svg National Defense Service Medal
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal ribbon.svg Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Southwest Asia Service Medal ribbon (1991-2016).svg Southwest Asia Service Medal

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External links[edit]

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