Pacific Fleet Commander Visits Cold War Gallery

Admiral Harry Harris, USN and his Executive Assistant Captain Michael Boyle, USN share a laugh during their visit to the Cold War Gallery last week.

Admiral Harry Harris, USN and his Executive Assistant, Captain Michael Boyle, USN share a laugh during their visit to the Cold War Gallery last week.

Admiral Harry B. Harris, Jr., Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, and his staff visited the National Museum of the U.S. Navy’s Cold War Gallery last Thursday.  Admiral Harris was in town for official business, but managed to swing by and visit the gallery and admire the P-3A Orion aircraft he sponsored in honor of Rear Admiral G. W. MacKay.

Adm. Harris and the P-3A Orion model now in the Cold War Gallery

Adm. Harris and the P-3A Orion model now in the Cold War Gallery

Captain Ted Bronson, USN (Ret.) shows the wall of plaques and squadron memorabilia to Admiral Harris.

Captain Ted Bronson, USN (Ret.) shows the wall of plaques and squadron memorabilia to Admiral Harris.

 

Adm. Harris was met and escorted at the Gallery by Naval History and Heritage Command Director Capt. Jerry Hendrix, a fellow P-3 NFO, and Navy Museum Director Jim Bruns.

Long-time volunteer and NHF memberCaptain Ted Bronson, USN (ret.) showed Admiral Harris around the Ready Room Theater, modeled on a VA-46 ready room from USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) and containing actual chairs from that great ship. Captain Michael Boyle, Executive Assistant to Admiral Harris, has a special connection to Captain Bronson and the Ready Room.  Captain Boyle’s father, Commander Ron Boyle, was the commanding officer of VA-46 aboard the Kennedy when Bronson served as his Executive Officer in 1974. Bronson then fleeted up to CO from 1975-1976.

Bronson, Harris, and Boyle

Bronson, Harris, and Boyle

NHHC Director Captain Jerry Hendrix, USN talks with Admiral Harris inside the Cold War Gallery

NHHC Director Captain Jerry Hendrix, USN talks with Admiral Harris inside the Cold War Gallery

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