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November 2012




Bi-Monthly Luncheon
When: Thursday, 8 November (1115-Social, 1150-Program, 1220-Lunch)

Where: Radisson University

1724 Alafaya Trail

Orlando, FL 32826


Cost: $20.00 with RSVP on or before COB 6 November (Tuesday)

$22.00 at the door

Menu: Mixed Greens with Assorted Dressings

Caesar Salad

Warm Breads/Rolls

Sliced London Broil in Red Wine Sauce

Rosemary Roasted Potatoes

Broccoli in a Light Garlic Sauce

Pesto Tortellini

USMC Birthday Cake


RSVP using the riptide link (above) no later than COB Tuesday, 6 November.

NOTE: Please pay at the door via check, cash or credit card. Make checks payable to “the Radisson University.” For admin purposes only, select the “check” option under payment type on the riptide site to secure your reservation. Disregard any email notices to submit payments/checks in advance.
Questions: Contact Jim Godwin (, 407.257. 3828.

Speaker: LtCol Scott Harris, Chief, United States Marine Corps Training Systems Liaison NAWCTSD/PM TRASYS, will be the USMC representative presiding and will provide an update on their activities and the “State of the Corps” as a prelude to the USMC’s 237th Birthday Celebration. At the conclusion of his remarks, LtCol Harris, along with the oldest and youngest Marine present, will cut the traditional USMC Birthday Cake.

Scott Wilson Harris

LtCol, United States Marine Corps

Chief United States Marine Corps Training Systems Liaison NAWCTSD/PM TRASYS

Lieutenant Colonel Harris, a native of DeLand, FL, was commissioned in Dec of 1988 through the Platoon Leaders Commissioning (PLC) Program and Oral Roberts University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Theology and History. Graduating from the Basic School in Sep of 1989, he proceeded to NAS Pensacola for naval aviation training. LtCol Harris was designated a Naval Aviator in May of 1991 and was assigned to HMT-30I for Fleet Replacement Training in the CH-46E. In May of 1992, LtCol Harris deployed with HMM-161, 11TH MEU (SOC) serving as the Ground Safety Officer. In Nov of 1994, LtCol Harris deployed again with HMM-161, 13TH MEU (SOC) serving as the Assistant Logistics Officer.

In Jul of 1995, LtCol Harris was assigned to HT-18 for duties as a Naval Aviation Instructor Pilot. While serving as a Flight Instructor, he was designated as a CAT I Familiarization Instructor, Standardization Pilot, and Functional Test Pilot. All three Marine Commanding Officers of HT-18 were Acquisition Professionals. Their effective leadership significantly influenced LtCol Harris to pursue future assignments in Acquisitions.

During Oct 1998, LtCol Harris reported for duty with HMM-261. Deploying in Sep 1999, LtCol Harris served as the Intel Department Head with HMM-26 I(Reinforced), 22nd MEU (SOC). Upon return in May 2000, LtCol Harris was selected as the Operations Officer. While serving with HMM-261, he was designated Air Mission Commander (AMC), Defensive Measures Instructor (DMI), and Night Systems Instructor (NSI).

In Jul 2001, LtCol Harris was assigned to Headquarter Marine Corps (HQMC) Combat Development as the MV-22 Requirements Officer. During his three years at HQMC, he led the V-22 Joint Requirements IPT. This team contained members from all three elements of the DoD Acquisition System, HQMC, OPNAV, SECAF, and USSOCOM. The IPT produced both V-22 JORD change 3 and change 4. In May of 2004, LtCol Harris assembled the Joint Capabilities IPT to develop the first V-22 Capabilities Production Document (CPD).

In Jun of2004, LtCol Harris was assigned to the V-22 Joint Program Office (PMA-275). His primary mission was to integrate the V-22 CPD, Information Support Plan (lSP) and Technology Roadmap in support of the V-22 Milestone III. V-22's designation as an ACAT 1D program required continual coordination with staffs of USD (AT&L), CJCS, CMC, CNO, SECAF and USSOCOM. In June of 2006, LtCol Harris was certified Level III in Program Management and selected to serve as the Deputy Program Manager for the V-22 Survivability IPT. The Aircraft Survivability Equipment (ASE) under his IPT included the Suite of Integrated Radio Frequency Countermeasures (SIRFC) ALQ-21I and the Directed Infrared Countermeasures (DIRCM) AAQ-24 installed on the Special Operations CV-22. LtCol Harris role as the Survivability lead provided a Marine Corps Acquisition professional with the responsibility for negotiating contract actions and evaluating all the current test data for both SIRFC and DIRCM. LtCol Harris was also responsible for negotiating, awarding, testing and installing the Ramp Mounted Weapon System on the MV-22 prior to the first Deployment ofVMM-263.

Beginning in May of 2007, LtCol Harris was assigned to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, J-8, Capabilities and Acquisition division and served as the Analyst for all ACAT 1 Rotary Wing programs. He was responsible for shaping and advising the Vice Chairman of the Joint Staff in preparation for all Defense Acquisition Executive reviews (e.g. CH-53K, V-22, H-I as well as US Army CH-47F, and AH-64D).

In Sep of 2010, LtCol Harris was assigned as the Level 1 IPT lead for all USMC Aviation Training systems for PMA-205/NAWCTSD. As the Level 1, LtCol Harris was responsible for cost, schedule and execution for 9 USMC Platform Training Teams, over 300 Active Duty and Civilian personnel, as well as a budget in excess of $600M.

In Jul of 2012, LtCol Harris was assigned by HQMC to NAWCTSD and PMTRASYS to serve as the Senior USMC Training Systems Liaison for the purpose of completing a START assessment for all Marine Corps Aviation training systems as well as developing a simulator certification system to validate the capability for all USMC Aviation training systems to accomplish at least 50% of their combat readiness training in simulators.

LtCol Harris' personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. He resides in Orlando, FL with his wife, the former Leighann Sigmon, and their three children.

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