Archive for Thursday, May 10, 2007

Former USDB leader killed in Afghanistan

May 10, 2007, 12:02 a.m.

Updated: May 10, 2007, 10:59 a.m.

The Fort Leavenworth community has lost another soldier in the war on terror.

Services for Army Col. James W. Harrison Jr., 47, are scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday, May 14, at the Main Post Chapel at Fort Leavenworth.

Harrison died Sunday, May 6, in Afghanistan from wounds suffered in a small arms fire.

The Army said Harrison was serving as a detention policy expert with the Combined Forces Command Afghanistan. He had been deployed to Afghanistan in December 2006,

From 2004 to 2006, Harrison served as the 47th commandant of the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth. Before his deployment, he was assigned to Fort Leavenworth as director of the School for Command Preparation at the Command and General Staff College.

Harrison graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1981. He also graduated from the Military Police Basic and Advanced Courses, the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, the Command and General Staff College, the Army Inspector General Course, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces

He earned a master's in business administration from Syracuse University and a Master of Science degree in national security and strategic studies from the National Defense University.

He served in a variety of command and staff positions as a military police officer. He also served as an inspector general at Fort Belvoir, Va., and a strategy and policy officer at Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Va.

Survivors include his wife and three sons.

This past October, the Fort Leavenworth community turned out for the funeral of Army Cpl. David M. Unger, a 21-year-old Leavenworth native who died Oct. 17 in Baghdad.

Weeks later, Army Col. Thomas H. Felts Sr., who had been a Senior Service College Fellow of the Advanced Operational Arts Studies Fellowship at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, died of injuries he suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Humvee in Baghdad.


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