Lieutenant Colonel Daren C. Harrison
Public Health Activity-Fort Lewis Commander
Lieutenant Colonel Daren C. Harrison received his direct commission in 2007 following three years as an Associate Veterinarian in Melbourne, Florida. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Salisbury State University, a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida, and a Master’s of Public Health Degree from the University of Colorado.
LTC Harrison’s assignments include: Branch Chief, Fort Stewart Veterinary Services, Fort Stewart, GA; Force Veterinarian, US Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC), Camp Lejeune, NC; Brigade Veterinarian, Special Functions Team OIC and Chief of Operations, 85th Civil Affairs Brigade, Fort Hood, TX; Deputy Commander, 64th Medical Detachment (Veterinary Service Support), Baumholder, DE; Plans Chief, 30th Medical Brigade, Sembach, DE; Command Veterinarian, ARCENT/CENTCOM, Shaw AFB, SC. LTC Harrison has combat deployments to the Philippines in support of Joint Special Operations Task Force – Philippines (JSOTF-P) and Afghanistan in support of Special Operations Task Force – 82 (SOTF-82).
LTC Harrison is a graduate of the AMEDD Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Command and General Staff Officer Course, MARSOC’s Full Spectrum Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape course and the US Marine Corps’ Civil Affairs Course. His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (1OLC), the Army Commendation Medal (2OLC), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (1 Star), the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the NATO Service Medal and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal. LTC Harrison received the Combat Action Badge for actions performed while actively engaged with enemy forces during his deployment to Afghanistan. He has received the Navy Unit Commendation, Army Superior Unit Award and Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation. He is a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit. LTC Harrison has conducted numerous and varied research projects to include: solid state nuclear magnetic resonance imaging of coal, organometallic synthesis of cyanocobaltate compounds for reversible oxygen resorption, meningoencephalomyelitis in canines and Campylobacter microbial drug resistance on U.S. cattle feedlots.
LTC Harrison is happily married to his wife Vicki. They have one daughter, Nikki, two grandchildren, Brandon and Ari, and currently share their house with their two pups, Maggie and Meeka.