February 26, 2024
Major Alvin Harvey is our newest Veteran of the Week!
MAJ Alvin Jerome Harvey was born in Portsmouth, Virginia on July 16, 1970. He attended school in Beaufort, South Carolina (SC) and graduated from Beaufort High School with honors. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Business Management from the University of South Carolina, Columbia. He later earned a Master of Science degree in Education from Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts. While attending the University of South Carolina, MAJ Harvey was enrolled in the Army ROTC program and ran Varsity Track for the Gamecocks. Upon graduation, MAJ Harvey was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in May of 1993 and joined the South Carolina Army National Guard.
Initially assigned to Branched Transportation, MAJ Harvey quickly transitioned to Field Artillery shortly after being commissioned and has held that distinction his entire career. He was initially assigned as a Forward Observer with A-3/178FA in Jefferson, SC and upon completing FA Officer Basic Course (FT Sill, OK) in 1994, he was assigned as the Fire Direction Officer with B-3/178FA in Bennettsville, SC. He was later promoted to First Lieutenant in 1996 and was assigned as B-Battery's Operation Officer/XO. After later serving as an Ammo Platoon Leader with C-3/178FA, he was assigned as the BN S2 of the 3-178FA in 1999 and promoted to Captain in 2000. After serving as S2, he was transferred to the 1/178FA BN and was assigned to serve with the 1-118th IN BN in Mt Pleasant, SC as their BN Fire Support and later to the 263rd Armor BN in Mullins after the 911-Terrosist Attack on the U.S in 2001.
In 2002, MAJ Harvey returned to the 3/178FA BN and took over Command of C-Battery 3/178FA BN in Hartsville, SC, as their first African-American Battery Commander. As Battery Commander, MAJ Harvey led C-Battery to Iraq on a Combat Tour, after being activated and mobilized in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF II). While in Iraq, he was Awarded an ARCOM for his duties as a Combat Battery Commander, and then he was assigned as a Combat Battle Captain for the 3/178FA BN for the remainder of his tour. During his Combat Tour, the 3/178th FA BN served under the Command of the 197th FA BDE out of New Hampshire. C-Battery earned the distinction of being named the Top FA Battery during their service in Iraq, being awarded the Alexander Hamilton Award upon returning to their home station in Hartsville.
After returning from Iraq and serving a short assignment as the BN S4, MAJ Harvey was reassigned as C-Battery's 3/178th Commander after the sudden death of his battle buddy and close friend, Captain Sandor Gordon, who had just taken command. MAJ Harvey was the Commander of C-Battery when the last rockets of 3/178th BN were fired, after which, the 3rd BN transitioned from MLRS to Combat Engineers and Aviation Support. After the transitioning of the 3/178th FA BN, MAJ Harvey was assigned to the SC Joint Operation Center (JOC) as a Battle Captain and promoted to the rank of Major in 2007. As a Battle Captain, MAJ Harvey served in various positions while supporting several major training exercises and real-world major events. MAJ Harvey was awarded an ARCOM as a senior Battle Captain during Vigilant Guard 2008, which at the time, was the largest multi-state national training exercise in the history of South Carolina.
MAJ Harvey served a brief assignment with the CFMO section and was DA Selected to the rank of LTC in 2015, before being reassigned back to the JOC. He served as the senior Joint Current Operations Center Team Chief until his retirement in January 2020. MAJ Harvey's military education includes Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, Pre-Command School, Field Artillery Officer Advanced Course, Combine Arms Exercise (CAX), JOC 101 and JOC advance class, and Command and General Staff Course (ILE). Among MAJ Harvey's awards and decorations are 2 Army Commendation Medals, 4 Army Achievement Medals w/2 OCL, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal w/6 OCL, National Defense Service Medal 2 awards, Afghanistan Campaign Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal w/M device and gold hourglass, Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon, Combat Action Badge, Air Assault Badge, SC Governor’s Unit Citation 3 awards, SC Army National Guard Achievement Ribbon, SC Army National Guard Active Service Ribbon 4 awards, and the SC Army National Guard Palmetto Service Ribbon.
MAJ Harvey is a retired Police Officer from the Beaufort Police Department. MAJ Harvey has served as the Head Boys’ Varsity Track and Field Coach for Beaufort High School and was named the 4A Region 8 Coach of the Year 4 times and the South Carolina State 4A Track and Field Coach of the Year in 2018 and 2019 after his team won the State Championships by wide margins. He is also a member of American Legion Post #207. MAJ Harvey currently resides in Beaufort, South Carolina, where he is a community activist and a proud and active member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.