Escanaba native relieved as commanding officer of Electronic Attack Squadron 132
ESCANABA — Commander David Harris, U.S. Navy, an Escanaba native and 1994 graduate of Escanaba Area High School, was relieved by Commander Jon Crawford on Nov. 27 as Commanding Officer of Electronic Attack Squadron 132 (VAQ-132) during a change of command ceremony on board Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. The VAQ-132 “Scorpions” are a U.S. Navy Electronic Attack Squadron flying the EA-18G “Growler” and are based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash. The EA-18G is the Electronic Attack variant of the F/A-18 Hornet made famous by the U.S. Navy “Blue Angels” Flight Demonstration Squadron.
Commander Harris reported to VAQ-132 as the Executive Officer in May 2015 and assumed command of the Scorpions in July 2016. During Harris’ tenure, the Scorpions deployed twice to the Western Pacific and once to the Middle East in support of the Operation INHERENT RESOLVE and the Global War on Terrorism. During his tenure, the Scorpions earned back-to-back Commander, Naval Air Forces Battle Efficiency “E,” Chief of Naval Operations Safety “S,” Retention Excellence and Medical Blue “M” awards. Commander Harris’ next tour will be at the EA-18G Growler Weapons School at Naval Air Station Fallon in Nevada.
Regarding his successful tour as Commanding Officer, Commander Harris stated, “I never imagined as a young man in Escanaba that I would have the opportunity to attend the United States Naval Academy, fly off Aircraft Carriers and ultimately lead a Squadron into combat on deployment. In retrospect, the tremendous support I received from my family and the greater Escanaba community had a lasting impact on me and has directly contributed to my successful career in the Navy.”
Commander Harris is the son of Tom and Sue Harris of Bark River.