ADM Harris currently serves as the 24th Commander of US Pacific Command and is a highly decorated naval officer.
A statement from the White House said ADM Harris is a "combat proven naval officer with extensive knowledge, leadership and geo-political expertise in the Indo-Pacific region".
ADM Harris graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1978 and was designated a naval flight officer in 1979. He earned a MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, a MA from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, and attended Oxford University.
During his 39-year career, ADM Harris served in every geographic combatant command and has held seven command assignments, including the US Pacific Fleet, the US Sixth Fleet and VP-46.
Both the federal government and opposition have welcomed his nomination.