General Harrell serves as Director, Joint Staff, Alabama Joint Force Headquarters. In this position he coordinates actions of the State’s Army and Air staffs in order to accomplish the Adjutant General’s objectives for the Alabama National Guard.
General Harrell was commissioned into the Regular Army in August 1980 through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at the University of Alabama. He served as a Field Artillery officer on active duty in various battery and battalion level assignments from 1980 to 1986. He subsequently served in the Army Reserve for three years before joining the Alabama Army National Guard in 1989. General Harrell’s primary duty assignments include Executive Officer, C Battery, 1/75th Field Artillery, Bamberg, West Germany; Commander, Service Battery, 3/15th Field Artillery, Ft. McClellan, Alabama; Deputy Commander, Task Force Intibuca - Joint Task Force Bravo, Honduras; Commander, 122nd Corps Support Group, Tallil Air Force Base, Iraq; Installation Commander, Tallil Air Force Base, Iraq and Acting J4, United States Northern Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. His most recent assignment was Deputy Commander, 167th Theater Sustainment Command where he was responsible for coordinating logistic support to active duty and reserve component joint forces in the Northern Command area of operations.