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Commandins Officer: CDR William Claiborne Harris, USN Clay Harris, a second-generation Surface Warfare Officer, Inails from Riclnmond, Virginia, and Rocky Mount, North Carolina. He was connmissioned in 1984 at the Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island, and earned his Surface Warfare qualification in 1986 while assigned as Anti- Subnnarine Warfare Officer in USS ARKANSAS (CON 41). His other sea duty billets include tours as Damage Control Assistant in USS BUNKER HILL (CO 52); as Weapons Officer and Combat Systems Officer in USS NORMANDY (CO 60); and as Commanding Officer in USS PIONEER (MOM 9) and USS ARDENT (MCM 12). Commander Harris ' shore duty assignments include tours OS an Action Officer in the Force Capabilities and Objectives Branch of the OPNAV Staff; as Aide to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Plans, Policy, and Operations; and as the Assistant Surface Commander Assignments Officer of the Navy Personnel Command. Commander Harris is a 1982 Summa Cum Laude graduate of Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, where he was elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa. He earned a Master of Arts degree in French from the University of Virginia in 1984, and a Master of Public Administration degree from Harvard University in 1996. His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, and the Pacific Fleet Junior Officer Shiphandling Award. Commander Harris is married to the former Karen Popovich, a native of San Francisco. They have a son, Spencer, and a daughter, Katherine
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Admiral Arleigh Burke The Navy ' s most famous Destroyer sailor was born in Boulder, Colorado, in 1901, and graduated from the Naval Academy in 1923. His first sea assignments were in USS ARI- ZONA (BB 39) and (USS PROCYON (AG 11). After completing his initial sea duty. Admiral Burke returned to the Academy briefly before attending the University of Michigan, where he received a Master of Science Degree in Engineering in 1 931 . Promoted to Lieutenant Commander in 1939, he com- manded USS MUGFORD (DD 389) before being assigned as Ordnance Inspector at the Washington Navy Yard. Captain Burke took command of Destroyer Squadron 12 in August 1943. Two months later, he assumed command of Destroyer squadron 23-nicknamed the " Little Beavers, " offer the character from the popular Red Ryder comic strip. Captain Burke also commanded on of the Squadron ' s two divisions, DESDIV 45, with USS CHARLES S. AUSBURNE (DD 570) OS his flagship. In November 1943, he distinguished himself by leading several torpedo attacks against Japanese combatants, sinking a number of enemy warships. During the Battle of Cope St. George, in what has been termed a " near perfect tactical action " by military historians, the Little Beavers de- stroyed three ships of a larger Japanese force while sustaining no damage. It was at this time that Captain Burke ' s ability to lead his squadron in spectacular dashes at high speed earned him the name " Thirty-One Knot Burke. " Following World War II, Captain Burke served in a num- ber of senior staff positions. Promoted to Rear Admiral in 1950, he served in Korea as Commander, Cruiser Division Five. In 1951, he was appointed as United Nations Delegate to the truse talks with North Korea. In May 1955, President Eisenhower nominated the 53 year-old Burke to the position of Chief of Naval Operations, bypassing 87 active duty officers senior to him. He retired in August 1961 after serving an unprecedented three terms as Chief of Naval Operations. Admiral Burke died on January 1st, 1996 of the age of 94. His wife of 72 years, the former Roberta (Bobbie) G. Gorsuch, died on the ship ' s birthday, July 4, 1997.
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Executive Officer: LCDR Randall Charles Hardy, USN Randall Hardy was commissioned in 1989 upon his completion of Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. Assigned to USS SPARTANBURG COUNTY (LST 1 192), he earned his Surface Warfare Officer qualification in 1991 while serving as the Damage Control Assistant and Assistant 1st Lieutenant. He completed his second sea tour onboard USS ANZIO (CO 68) as the Fire Control Officer. For his Depart- ment Head tour, LCDR Hardy served as the Weapons Of- ficer and Combat Systems Officer onboard USS LEYTE GULF (CG55). Lieutenant Commander Hardy ' s shore duty assign- ments include a tour as Surface Requirements Officer for the Commander-in-Chief Atlantic Fleet. In addition, he has also served as AIDE-de-CAMP at the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia. Lieutenant Commander Hardy graduated from the Univer- sity of Alabama with a degree in Corporate Finance and Investment Management in 1988. He is a Life Member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and is a Third Genera- tion Prince Hall Mason. His awards include Defense Meritorious Sen ice Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, and Navy Achievement Medal.
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