Above: Brig. Gen. Brett Funck, 10th Mountain Division (LI) and Fort Drum acting senior commander, presides over the 2nd Brigade Combat Team change of command ceremony May 21 at Memorial Park on Fort Drum, New York, where Col. Paul Larson relinquished command to Col. Damon Harris. Left: Harris speaks during the 2nd Brigade Combat Team change of command ceremony. (U.S. Army photos by Capt. Jessica George, 2nd Brigade Combat Team)
2nd Brigade Combat Team welcomes new leader
Capt. Jessica George
2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
FORT DRUM, N.Y. (May 21, 2020) – The 10th Mountain Division (LI) held a modified change of command ceremony for 2nd Brigade Combat Team, May 21, at Memorial Park on Fort Drum, New York.
After two years at the helm, Col. Paul L. Larson, 2nd BCT commander, relinquished command to Col. Damon K. Harris, who joins the brigade from Forward Operating Base Fenty, Afghanistan.
“It’s a big day for the Commandos,” said Brig. Gen. Brett Funck, 10th Mountain Division (LI) acting senior commander. “Truly everyone knows what this great brigade has done over the past two years; continues to answers the call, continues to accomplish every designated mission that this country has asked of it and done so with honor.”
Harris commissioned as a second lieutenant into the infantry branch in May 1997 from Alcorn State University. He has earned a bachelor of science degree in agronomy from Alcorn State University and master's degree in strategic plans and polices from the National War College.
His deployments include Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq), Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan), and Operation Resolute Support (Afghanistan).
Awards and decorations for Harris include the Bronze Star Medal (with oak leaf), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with 4 oak leaf clusters), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (with 2 oak leaf clusters), Expert Infantryman Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, and Ranger Tab.