Farewell Master Chief Kevin Harris

Farewell Master Chief Kevin Harris

Bishop Kenny High School’s Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) honored Master Chief Kevin Harris at his retirement ceremony on June 8, 2022. Wishing him fair winds and following seas in his retirement. BK was fortunate to be blessed with Master Chief’s bright spirit for 16 years. 

Master Chief Harris started his Naval career at Recruit Training Center Orlando, FL. His first Command was on the USS Midway, Yokosuka Japan. 

He went on to serve in Atsugi AIMD, Japan then to Okinawa, Japan where he earned his AA degree from the University of Maryland. Then he transferred to Mofett Field, CA where he earned Master Training Specialist designation, qualified as an Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist, was selected as Sailor of the Year, and was initiated to Chief Petty Officer. 

In 1990, he transferred and embarked on the USS Midway, and after Desert Storm, the Air wing cross-decked to the USS Independence. Next, he attended the senior Enlisted Academy, in Rhode Island, Class 56, Brown group and upon completion, reported to Yokosuka, Japan, as a computer analyst. Then selected as Command Master Chief, completing the squadron change homeport from Lemoore, CA to Atsugi, Japan, and deploying with the USS Independence and USS Kitty Hawk. 

In 1999, Master Chief Harris reported to NAF Atsugi, earning a BA degree from the University of Maryland during his tour. In 2002, he and his family joined the Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron, earning the Urban League Guild of San Diego County’s “Blacks in Aviation” award recognizing his service as the first black Command Master Chief with the team. 

After 31 years, Master Chief Harris retired from the Navy. He was accepted into the Troop-to-Teacher program and became a Naval Science Instructor. First hired by Brunswick HS, he joined BK in 2006. The Unit is a two-time National Academic Champion, was designated a Distinguished Unit with Academic Honors for 15 straight years, and AFA CyberPatriot State Champion and National Finalist. 

Master Chief Harris’ personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), Navy Commendation Medal (3 awards) and the Navy Achievement Medal (3 awards) and various other unit and campaign awards. 

Hoorah!  Thank you, Master Chief, for your service to our Country and to our School.