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Vice Adm. John C. Harvey Jr., chief of naval personnel and deputy chief of naval operations, will be the guest speaker and commissioning officer at the 2007 Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps and Army Reserve Officer Training Corps of Hampton Roads spring commissioning ceremony. The event will take place at Old Dominion University's Ted Constant Convocation Center at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 5.

The ceremony will mark the first graduation combining the Navy and Army units.

During the ceremony, 41 midshipmen and officer candidates from Old Dominion, Norfolk State and Hampton universities will be commissioned as ensigns in the U.S. Navy and three as second lieutenants in the U.S. Marine Corps. Seven as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army will be commissioned from Old Dominion University.

Vice Adm. Harvey assumed duties as the Navy's 54th chief of naval personnel in 2005. He serves concurrently as the deputy chief of naval operations. A Baltimore native, he received his commission from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1973 and immediately began training in the Navy's nuclear propulsion program.

Harvey has served at sea aboard the USS Enterprise, USS Bainbridge and USS McInerney, as reactor officer on the USS Nimitz and as executive officer on the USS Long Beach. He commanded the USS David R. Ray, USS Cape St. George and Cruiser-Destroyer Group Eight/Theodore Roosevelt Strike Group. He has deployed to the North and South Atlantic, the Mediterranean, Baltic and Red seas, the Western Pacific, Indian Ocean and the Arabian Gulf.

This article was posted on: May 2, 2007

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