John C. Harvey, Jr.
|John C. Harvey, Jr.|
|3rd Virginia Secretary of Veterans Affairs|
January 11, 2014
|Preceded by||James W. Hopper|
|Born||John Collins Harvey, Jr.
December 17, 1951
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Mary Ellen Swift|
|Alma mater||U.S. Naval Academy (B.S.)
Harvard University (M.P.A.)
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1973–2012|
|Awards||Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Navy Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Legion of Merit (5)
John Collins Harvey, Jr. (born December 17, 1951) 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.
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). He was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 13, 2008. With the removal of previous Director, Navy Staff, Vice Admiral John Stufflebeem, Harvey assumed those duties on March 24, 2008.
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. He was confirmed by the Senate on May 4, 2009, and assumed the assignment on July 24, 2009.
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.
Harvey was appointed as the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security in the cabinet of Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe. In accordance with legislation signed by Governor McAuliffe in March 2014, his current post was renamed as the Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs.
Awards and decorations
U.S. Military Decorations
|Defense Distinguished Service Medal|
|Navy Distinguished Service Medal with one gold award star|
|Legion of Merit with four gold award stars|
|Meritorious Service Medal with four gold award stars|
|Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal|
|Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal|
|Navy "E" Ribbon with three Battle E devices|
|Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon with one bronze service stars|
|Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon|
|National Defense Service Medal|
|Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal|
|Southwest Asia Service Medal|
- Marquis Who's Who on the Web
- Flag Officer Announcements January 24, 2008
- Senate Confirmation.
- Vice admiral fired over false testimony
- Flag Officer Announcements April 15, 2009
- U.S. Fleet Forces Celebrates Change of Command
- U.S. Fleet Forces Command Blog >> ADM J.C. Harvey, Jr. Archived 2009-07-28 at the Wayback Machine.
- Pershing, Ben (December 20, 2013). "McAuliffe names retired Adm. John C. Harvey Jr. to be veterans affairs secretary". Washington Post. Retrieved December 30, 2013.
- John Harvey-Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs-Governor Terry McAuliffe
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