Executive Officer - NTAG Richmond
20 December 2022
CDR Seth Harbin, a Georgia native, is a 2005 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He earned his Naval Flight Officer wings in 2007 after completing flight training at the 562nd
FTS at Randolph AFB, Texas.
CDR Harbin completed fleet replacement training in the EP-3E Aries and reported to the “Rangers” of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron Two (VQ-2), at NAS Whidbey Island in September of 2007. While assigned to VQ-2, he led six Combat Reconnaissance Crews (two as Electronic Warfare Mission Commander) on more than 120 missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and served as the NFO Training Officer.
In September of 2010 he reported to Fleet Test and Evaluation Squadron One (VX-1), NAS Patuxent River, MD, as the EP-3E Joint Common Configuration (JCC) Spiral III Operational Test Director (OTD). After successful completion of the JCC Spiral III test program, he assumed additional duties as VX-1’s MQ-4C Assistant OTD. During this tour he also completed his Masters of Systems Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School.
CDR Harbin joined the “Wizards” of Special Projects Squadron Two (VPU-2), at MCB Kaneohe Bay, HI, in June of 2013. While assigned to VPU-2, he conducted 84 combat missions over three detachments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. His duties as Configurations Division Officer included serving as Officer in Command (OIC) for two test detachments which resulted in successful testing and subsequent deployment of 16 experimental systems.
Following his tour in Hawaii, he reported to PMA-290E and continued supporting VPU-2 and VQ-2 as the Airborne Multi-Intelligence Special Mission (AMISM) Quick Reaction Capability (QRC) Acquisition Systems Project Officer and Special Projects Aircraft (SPA) Integrated Product Team (IPT) lead. CDR Harbin reported to the “Golden Swordsmen” of VP-47, NAS Whidbey Island in February 2017, completing a detachment as Homeland Security Detachment OIC and a deployment to the INDOPACOM AOR. His squadron Department Head billets included Future OPS, CSD, CTG-72 OPS, and Maintenance Officer.
Following his Department Head tour, he reported to 1st
Joint Special Operations Air Component, Fort Bragg, NC, in February 2020. While at 1st JSOAC, Commander Harbin worked as an ISR Programs Officer and as the Chief of Current Operations. He was responsible for organizing and executing Airborne ISR Operations against time-sensitive targets in multiple Joint Operating Environments around the globe. He deployed to the CENTCOM and AFRICOM AORs as an Airborne ISR Battle Captain and Joint Special Operations Air Detachment OIC.
In August 2022, CDR Harbin reported to NTAG Richmond as the Executive Officer.
During his flying career he accumulated over 2500 flight hours in the EP-3E, SP-3, P-8A, and other Navy aircraft. His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (Strike/flight, 5 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various service, campaign and unit awards.