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Moore Native Serves with U.S. Navy in Japan


Petty Officer 3rd Class Dylan Harris, a native of Moore, Oklahoma, serves the U.S. Navy in Japan.

Harris attended Moore High School and graduated in 2018.

Harris joined the Navy four years ago.

“I joined the Navy because my dad was in the Air Force and inspired me to join,” said Harris. “I wanted to see the world and travel.”

Today, Harris serves as a construction mechanic with Naval Beach Unit Seven.

Skills and values learned in the Navy are similar to those found in Moore.

“I learned the importance of a strong work ethic and discipline,” said Harris. “Growing up my dad was big on discipline.”

According to Navy officials, Naval Beach Unit Seven empowers forward-deployed U.S. and Allied Forces while providing superior support to military members and their families.

Harris serves in Japan as part of the Forward Deployed Naval Forces. These naval forces operate with allies and partners to preserve a free and open Indo-Pacific region. Service members in this region are part of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, which has the largest area of responsibility in the world.

“As the largest force in our nation’s front line against revisionist actors, U.S. Pacific Fleet meets this great responsibility with strength, resolve and confidence,” said Adm. Samuel Paparo, U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander. “Together with our joint and combined partner operations, we are positioned to defend – across all domains – any attempts to threaten our nation, our allies and partner’s security, freedom and well-being.”

As a member of the Navy, Harris is part of a world-class organization focused on maintaining maritime dominance, strengthening partnerships, increasing competitive warfighting capabilities and sustaining combat-ready forces in support of the National Defense Strategy.

“The Navy is important to our national defense because we keep maritime security and freedom of trade,” said Harris.

As Harris and other sailors continue to train and perform missions, they take pride in serving their country in the United States Navy.

“Serving in the Navy means doing something bigger than myself,” said Harris. “I never thought I would go to all these places I have been to so far in my career.”

Harris is grateful to others for helping make a Navy career possible.

“I would like to thank my dad,” added Harris. “I also want to thank my grandfather because he told me all the military skills you can transfer to the civilian world.”

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Xiaoming Zheng, Navy Office of Community Outreach