Former Major General Michael Harrison: Responsibility and Accountability

Former Major General Michael Harrison is in civilian life full time, for the first time in more than three decades. He retired from active duty in the United States military, effective in October 2014, and is currently seeing what his options are in the private sector.

“I served in the United States Army for thirty-four years,” he says. “In that capacity, I learned the value of both responsibility and accountability. My value to any organization is that I know firsthand how to develop a vision, gain buy-in from the organization, and lead them to achieve that vision through shared effort.”

From 2006 to 2007, Former Major General Michael Harrison served as a senior leader in Afghanistan, where he was responsible for supporting the equipping and training effort of the Afghan National Army. He said that that time that the global war on terrorism posed a genuine threat to the freedom-loving people of the world.

“The enemy that we see in Afghanistan is an elusive one,” he said. “It has many names and many faces. I think what is important for the American people to understand is that the men and women of our great country are doing a tremendous job here. They are well trained, they’re well led, and they are well-resourced.”

Former Major General Michael Harrison said that it was the highest privilege of his military career to lead what he terms “America’s sons and daughters” both at home and abroad. “There is no higher honor, and I am immensely proud that I had that opportunity,” he said.


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