Chief Electronics Technician Allen W. Harris, Jr. was born a third generation navy son in Norfolk, VA in 1965 to CDR. Allen W. Harris, Sr. and Ruth A. Harris. He entered naval service a couple years following his graduation from Escambia High School, Pensacola, FL. He attended Recruit Training in Great Lakes, IL., Basic Enlisted Submarine School in Groton, CT., followed by Naval Guided Missile School in Dam Neck, VA., where he earned his first Navy Enlisted Classification, as an Electronics Technician, and was promoted to Petty Officer Third Class.
He reported to his first submarine, the U.S.S. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (SSBN640G) while it was in overhaul in 1987. He earned his submarine qualifications, while on Temporary Assigned Duty, aboard the U.S.S. JAMES MADISON (SSBN627B) and returned to the FRANKLIN where he was promoted to Petty Officer Second Class. In 1990 he transferred to the U.S.S. WEST VIRGINIA (SSBN736G) where he served as the Navigation Division Training Officer and in 1992 to TRIDENT Training Facility Kingsbay, GA., as a lead electronics instructor, where he was promoted to Petty Officer First Class. He left Kingsbay in 1996 for Groton, CT. where he helped build and commission the last TRIDENT submarine, the U.S.S. LOUISIANA (SSBN743). In 1998 he transferred to the Chief of Naval Operations, Defense Liaison Division West Coast and earned his advancement to Chief Petty Officer. In 2000 he transferred to the Chief of Naval Operations, Defense Liaison Division, Pentagon - Washington, DC. His final transfer came in 2003 when he reported to Fleet Ballistic Missile Operational Test Support Unit Two in Cape Canaveral, FL. where he served as the Command Career Counselor.
After retirement Chief Harris worked as the Director of Operations for a manufacturing company and CEO of his own company here in the greater Atlanta area. As the founding Naval Science Instructor (NSI), he commissioned the Hillgrove High School Navy JROTC program in 2009.
Chief Harris' awards include Navy Commendation Medal (One Gold Star), Navy Achievement Medal (3 Gold Stars) and multiple unit and service awards. Chief Harris holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Columbia Southern and a Masters degree in Safety and Security Leadership from the University of North Alabama. He is married to the former Amy Lynn Richardson of Asheville, NC., for more than 31 years. They have two children, Alexandria and Allen, and reside in Dallas, GA.