James A. Harris, Alabama Wing Commander, left his last post as the Alabama Wing Vice Commander in April 2019. Prior to that assignment, he was Commander of the
Maxwell Composite Squadron, responsible for successful execution of CAP’s Cadet
Programs, Aerospace Education, and Search And Rescue missions within the
Alabama Wing. As Commander, he exercised direct responsibility for the Squadron
staff, over 40 cadets and 40 CAP Senior Members located at Maxwell AFB, Alabama.
Prior to his
appointment to the position of Squadron Commander, July 2012, he served as
USAF Reserve Liaison with the Alabama Wing where he was responsible for
advising the Wing Commander on issues revolving around the three critical CAP
Mission areas ensuring compliance and Wing success. Additionally, he served as the USAF leader
for evaluating the Wing’s Search and Rescue capabilities every two years. He
holds a Master Rating in Command and Personnel, and a Senior Rating in the Administration specialty tracks.
Harris is a retired U.S.Air Force, Gulf War On Terrorism veteran. He is a
graduate of the Reserve Officer Training School at Alabama State University,
Montgomery Alabama along with the Air Force’s Squadron Officer School, Air
Command & Staff College, and Air War College. Additionally, he is a
graduate of Civil Air Patrol’s Squadron Leadership School and Corporate Learning
from Auburn University at Montgomery, in Montgomery, Alabama with a Bachelor of
Science (BS) Degree in Computer Information Systems. Moreover, he earned a Master of Business Administration
(MBA) Degree from Grantham University in Project Management.
His military decorations
include a Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with 2
OLC, Air Force Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal with one
device, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Air Force Longevity Award with 4
OLCs, and the Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with 2 OLCs.
His CAP awards
and decorations include an Exceptional Service Medal, Meritorious Service Award, Commander’s Commendation, and
the Gill Robb Wilson Award.
Harris is a Computer System Analyst with the United States Air Force at
MAFB-Gunter Annex, Alabama.