Leaders

Captain Wallace G. Lovely

Mission Commander
United States Navy

A native of Comstock, New York, Captain Wallace Lovely enlisted in the Navy as a machinist’s mate on August 17, 1983. He was selected for the Nuclear Enlisted Commissioning Program and commissioned as an ensign in Newport, Rhode Island in March of 1989. He is a surface warfare officer.

Captain Lovely’s most recent at-sea assignment was as Deputy Commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 31 from January 2011 through July 2012. He assumed command of the squadron on July 31, 2012.

He commanded USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) from June 2007 through December 2008.

Additional at-sea assignments include executive officer on USS Simpson (FFG 56), chief engineer on USS De Wert (FFG 45), material/readiness officer on COMDESRON 24, damage control assistant and chief engineer on USS Nicholas (FFG 47) and gunnery/missile officer on USS William V. Pratt (DDG 44).

Ashore, he served as assistant professor of naval science at Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps Unit Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), flag secretary for Commander Naval Surface Group 2, Navy’s shipbuilding account manager at OPNAV and as exercise and readiness division chief at United States Pacific Command (J13).

Captain Lovely holds a Master of Science in national security strategy resourcing from Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University, a Master of Engineering degree in industrial management engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering science/nuclear power systems from the University of Texas at Austin.

His personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, two Meritorious Service Medals, six Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals and various unit and campaign awards.

Group Captain Darryn Webb

Deputy Mission Commander, Phase I
Royal New Zealand Air Force

Group Captain Darryn Webb joined the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) in May 1990 completing initial officer training and culminating in the award of his pilots brevet on August 23, 1991. He was posted to No. 42 squadron and flew the Andover.

In January 1994 he posted to No. 40 squadron where he completed C130 conversion training. In June of 1998 a RNZAF/Royal Australian Air Force C130 exchange was initiated and Group Captain Webb became the inaugural participant converting onto both the C130H and C130E’s. In 1999 he was selected for initial cadre training onto the new C130J.

In July 2001 he reconverted back onto the C130 and was filled as the Hercules training officer and Hercules flight commander positions on No. 40 squadron.

Group Captain Webb served as the detachment commander for the Boxing Day tsunami relief operations in Indonesia and Aceh. Group Captain Webb has commanded a number of multinational exercises in New Zealand, the United States and Canada as well as subsequent unit deployments in the Middle East.

In December 2006 he was promoted to wing commander and posted to RNZAF Ohakea as Commanding Officer Flying Training Wing.

In June of 2008 Group Captain Webb was posted to No. 40 squadron as commanding officer of the B757 and C130 transport aircrafts.

In October of 2009 he posted to Wellington as the deputy director strategic commitments. In December 2010 he was appointed to the position of Officer Commanding 488 Wing. During his aviation career Wing Commander Webb has accrued 6,000 military hours with 4,500 hours on four different C130 types.

Acting Captain Tony Millar

Deputy Mission Commander, Phase II
Royal New Zealand Navy

Acting Captain ‘Tony’ Millar was born in Canterbury and educated at Wellington College. He joined the Royal New Zealand Navy in January 1982. After successfully completing junior officer competency training and navigating a number of HMNZ ships, he was posted to Australia to complete specialist navigation and warfare officer courses. In 1995 he was posted to the frigate Wellington as the operations officer, responsible for the war fighting capability of the ship, during an operational deployment to the Persian Gulf to conduct UN sanctions against Iraq. He later returned to the Gulf for a second operational deployment in late 1996, this time in the frigate Canterbury.

In 1998 Acting Captain Millar was attached to the New Zealand Army for peacekeeping operations in Bougainville as the naval liaison officer and staff officer-civil affairs, before being posted as executive officer of the frigate Te Kaha where he was appointed as a boarding officer under the auspices of the Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR).

In 2001 Acting Captain Millar attended the Royal New Zealand Air Force senior staff course and shortly after September 11, 2011 he served as a Planning Officer at U.S. Central Command. In 2002, he was appointed as commanding officer of the diving support ship Manawanui. Subsequently, Acting Captain Millar posted to the staff of the Chief of Defense Force as deputy director strategic plans (contingency).

In October 2006, he was selected to be the commanding officer of the newly-built amphibious sealift ship Canterbury, and was appointed as the commander-amphibious task force of Exercise Joint Kiwi 2008.

In 2009, Acting Captain Millar was appointed as the Commander Maritime Operational Evaluation Team. From mid-2010 until early-2011, Acting Captain Millar returned to East Timor as Commander Task Group 652.3, the Senior New Zealand Officer in theatre and deputy commander of the International Stabilisation Force. On returning from Timor Acting Captain Millar was posted to the staff of the Chief of Navy as the Resident Naval Officer Christchurch and is responsible for representing the Navy in the Canterbury, Westcoast and Marlborough areas.

He enjoys political philosophy and international relations, and is a below-average golfer.

Commander Michael J. Harris

Commanding Officer, USS Pearl Harbor
United States Navy

Cmdr. Michael Harris enlisted in the United States Navy in 1987 and was commissioned through the Enlisted Commissioning Program in 1995. While enlisted, he completed sea duty assignments at Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 117 deployed on USS Enterprise (CVN 65) and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) completing a world cruise, around the horn (South America) cruise, and a Western Pacific deployment. Prior to attending Iowa State University and receiving his commission, he served as an instructor at the Carrier Airborne Early Warning Fleet Replacement and Maintenance Squadron 110.

Following his commission in 1995, Cmdr. Harris’ assignments at sea include: main propulsion division officer and auxiliaries officer on board USS Cowpens (CG 63) completing a Western Pacific deployment; assistant staff operations officer at Amphibious Squadron 3 completing deployments to the Western Pacific on USS Tarawa (LHA 1) and USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6); chief engineer on board USS Klakring (FFG 42) deployed to the Atlantic with NATO Standing Naval Force; and as material and readiness officer for Destroyer Squadron 14. In July 2012 he completed his executive officer tour on USS Pearl Harbor.

While at Iowa State University, he received a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance. Cmdr. Harris earned a Master of Science from Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. and a Master of Arts from Naval War College in Newport, R.I. Other shore duty assignments include an overseas tour with NATO at the Allied Component Command, Maritime in Naples, Italy as a staff operations officer, Maritime Operations Standing Maritime Group 2 and as an engineering and material readiness instructor at Surface Warfare Officer’s School, Newport, R.I.

Cmdr. Harris assumed command of the USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) on July 6, 2012.

Cmdr. Harris’ personal decorations include the Joint Service Commendation Medal, five Navy Commendation Medals, four Navy Achievement Medals, Good Conduct, Expert Pistol, and Expert Rifle.