Colonel Bradley Harms was born in Washington in July, 1973. The national NROTC Distinguished Naval Graduate from the University of Illinois Champaign/Urbana, he earned a BA in history in May 1995.
Colonel Harms received his commission as a Second Lieutenant and graduated from the Basic School in 1995. In 1998, he was designated a Naval Aviator and later a CH-46E Helicopter Second Pilot.
Colonel Harms’ operational assignments include HMM-166 (REIN) deploying with the 15th & 11th MEU (SOC) to the Western Pacific and Persian Gulf including Operation Enduring Freedom. From 2003 thru 2007 he served with Marine Helicopter Squadron One supporting President George W. Bush. He served with HMM - 161 during Operation Iraqi Freedom on the squadron’s last CH-46 deployment.
In 2010, Colonel Harms completed transition training in the MV-22 and later served as the Commanding Officer of VMM-161 in 2013 and 2014.
Colonel Harms’ staff assignments include the MV-22 Transition Task Force, Program and Resources Division (P&R), Program Assessment and Evaluation office, the Third Marine Aircraft Wing Deputy Inspector General, and the Assistant Chief of Staff Force Development, G-7, at Marine Forces Command/FMFLANT in Norfolk, VA.
His Joint assignments include service with the United States Special Operations Command, J-3 Future Operations Division, as the Regional Plans Branch Chief at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, FL. In 2018, Colonel Harms represented the Commandant of the Marine Corps, as the Senior Military Fellow at the Atlantic Council in Washington D.C.
Colonel Harms, a distinguished graduate, earned a MA in Military Studies from the United States Marine Corps Command and Staff College in 2008.
In 2015, Colonel Harms earned a MA in National Security and Strategic Studies, graduating with highest distinction and the #1 class ranking, from the United States Naval War College at Newport, R.I. Colonel Harms was awarded the 2016 Matthew C. Perry Award for International Research.
In 2020, Colonel Harms graduated with a MA in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.
Colonel Harms personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star, Air Medal Strike Flight with numeral three, the Navy Commendation Medal, and the Navy Achievement Medal.