RADM Harry M. Highfill, USN (Ret)
Rear Admiral Harry M. Highfill grew up in Winter Garden, Florida and graduated from Troy State University in 1967 with a degree in mathematics. He was commissioned through the Naval Aviation Officer Commissioning Program and was designated a Naval Aviator in September 1968.
Admiral Highfill’s sea duties included two combat deployments with VAW-114 aboard the USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63) while flying 350 combat support missions in Viet Nam; Aide to Commander, Carrier Group TWO home ported in Naples, Italy; Maintenance Office of VAW-116, Executive Office and later Commanding Officer of the “Night Hawks” of VAW-117; Operations Officer of USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65); Commanding Officer of the “Firebirds” of VAW-110; Commanding Officer of USS GUADALCANAL (LPH 7); Commanding Officer of USS BELLEAU WOOD (LHA 3) home ported in Sasebo; and as a Flag Officer, Commander Amphibious Force SEVENTH Fleet.
Admiral Highfill’s military shore assignments included assignment to VT-1 as a primary flight instructor; assignment to RVAW-110 as a Flight Instructor and LSO; assignment as Head, Special Access Programs Branch for the Assistant Chief of Naval Operations (Air Warfare); Attended the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, graduating with a Masters of Arts Degree in Strategic Studies and International Security; and after promotion to Rear Admiral, assigned to the Joint Staff as Vice Director for Command, Control, Communications, and Computer Systems, the Joint Staff (J-6).
Admiral Highfill’s personal decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (Second Award), the Meritorious Service Medal (Fourth Award), the Air Medal (Six Strike/Flight Awards), the Vietnamese Air Gallantry Cross and various other medals, ribbons and unit awards.
After military retirement in September 2000, Admiral Highfill worked for the next four years within the civilian military information technology sector, first with SAIC as Vice President and Deputy Group Manager of the Information Technology Integration Group and later with the Titan Corporation, as VP for Integrated Warfare. Admiral Highfill now resides in North Myrtle Beach, SC where he sells real estate, golfs, boats, fishes and tells tall (and sometimes true) tales about his Naval friends and adventures.