Army Materiel Command honors contributions of longtime public affairs officer

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REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (WHNT) –  If you lived in the Tennessee Valley between 1960 and 1995, you probably relied on David G. Harris to give you updates about the inner workings on Redstone Arsenal. On Monday, the Army Materiel Command held a ceremony to remember him for his loyalty and service to the Army’s public affairs.

Mark Harris was one of the many in attendance who looked up to Harris.  He’s his son, after all.

“He was an exceptionally confident and capable person,” Harris said.

David Harris served the U.S. Army’s Public Affairs for more than 35 years. In this role, he had the large responsibility of taking the information from rocket scientists and high-ranking military leaders and communicating it in a way everyone could understand.

“I think if there’s anything that he took pride in, it was that ability to translate the very sophisticated work of this installation to regular people,” Mark Harris said.

Harris said Monday’s ceremony would have humbled his dad.

“He was also a very modest man, very humble, very unassuming and this kind of thing would have been, it would have been a mystery to him,” Harris said. “I’d like people to know what a wonderful father, husband and human being he was because those two things really are inseparable. It isn’t either or. That package made him one of the most unique people I’ve ever known.”

David Harris died in 2002. In 2008, he was posthumously inducted into the U.S. Army Public Affairs Hall of Fame.