Lieutenant Harris Larson, a native of Laurel, WA, commissioned in 2012, with a Bachelor of Science in Astronautical Engineering from the United States Naval Academy. In July 2012, he reported to Pensacola, FL for flight training as a Naval Aviator. He winged out of Milton, FL with HT-18 in 2013 and then reported to Fleet Replacement Squadron HSM-41 in San Diego, CA to train in the MH-60R.
Upon completing his training at the FRS, he received orders to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron SEVEN ONE (HSM-71). During Lieutenant Larson’s three years at HSM-71, he served as Combat Element Two’s Admin/JMPS Officer aboard the USS WILLIAM P. LAWRENCE (DDG-110), Squadron Ground Training Officer, AD/AM/PR Division Officer, and Squadron Weekly Schedule Writer. During his tour, he flew over 700 mishap-free flight hours, with over 200 hours flown during Carrier Strike Group Three’s Seventh Fleet Deployment aboard the USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN-74). He detached in October 2017 to report to University of Michigan Naval ROTC.
LT Larson’s awards include the Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Meritorious Unit Commendation Award, the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Battle Effectiveness Award.
Currently, Lieutenant Larson is an Assistant Professor of Naval Science and the Naval Aviation Officer at the University of Michigan. He is happily married and the proud father of their newborn daughter.