2017-09-27 / Front Page

Colonel Shawn Harris honored


Above, Early County High Principal Anthony Yarbrough presents Col. Shawn Harris Honorary Captain Plaque as Bobcat coach Joel Harvin looks on. At left, Col. Harris and mother, Norma T. Harris-Great, pose with plaque. Above, Early County High Principal Anthony Yarbrough presents Col. Shawn Harris Honorary Captain Plaque as Bobcat coach Joel Harvin looks on. At left, Col. Harris and mother, Norma T. Harris-Great, pose with plaque. Homecoming activities Friday night at Standifer Field included special recognition of one of Early County High’s alumni.

Col. Shawn Harris, a 1985 ECHS graduate, was presented an Honorary Game Captain plaque stating, “In appreciation of your continued service to our country and the sacrifices you have made for our freedom,” and “Once a Bobcat, Always a Bobcat!”

Colonel Harris is Brigade Commander for the 63rd Troop Command of the Michigan U.S. Army National Guard.

Col. Harris is a fully Joint Qualified Officer, recently confirmed by the U.S. Senate and has received his Certificate of Eligibility for Brigadier General.

Harris is the son of Norma T. Harris-Great and the late Charles Harris. He is a graduate of Tuskegee University with a BS in Education, Grand Valley State University with a MS in Education Leadership, the Officer Advance Course Command and General Staff College, and United States Army War College with a MS in Strategic Studies.

He has served overseas as the Light Infantry Battalion Embedded Training Team Senior Mentor in Afghanistan and the Senior Advisor to the Major General of the Armed Forces of Liberia in Liberia.

Col. Harris’ awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with three bronze oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal with three bronze oak leaf clusters, the Combat Infantry Badge, Parachutist Badge, and the Army National Guard Recruiting Badge.

Col. Harris is married to Dr. Karla Harris. They have five sons, Shawn, Bishop, Ayden, Joshua and Ahmon.

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