Lieutenant Colonel Thurinton W. Harvell, Senior is a native of Carson, Virginia. He was commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Corps upon graduating from Elizabeth City State University, Elizabeth City, North Carolina, in 1988. In 1995, he was awarded a Masters of Science Degree in Leadership Development and Counseling from Long Island University, C.W. Post, Long Island, New York.
His military education includes completion of the Quartermaster Officer’s Basic and the Combined Logistics Officers’ Advance Courses, Fort Lee, Virginia; the Command & General Staff College and the U.S. Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; the Basic Airborne, and Jumpmaster Courses, Fort Benning, Georgia; and the Air Assault Course at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.
Lieutenant Colonel Harvell’s tours of duty include Property Book Officer and Assistant Logistics Officer, 6th Psychological Operations Battalion (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Deputy Group Logistics Officer, 4th Psychological Operations Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Commander, Headquarters and Support Company, and Primary Logistics Officer, 8th Psychological Operations Battalion (Airborne); Tactical Officer, Golf Company, 2nd Regiment, and Chief, Current Operations, United States Corps of Cadets, West Point, New York; Battalion Operations Officer (S3), 325th Forward Support Battalion (Light); Logistics Officer, Division Material Management Center, Division Support Command, 25th Infantry Division (Light); Group S3 Plans Officer, 45th Corps Support Group (Forward); Support Operations Officer, 524th Corps Support Battalion, 45th Corps Support Group (Forward), Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; Chief Exercise Division-G3, 19th Theater Support Command, CP Henry, Korea; Plans Officer (Joint Exercise)-G3, 18th Airborne Corps; Support Operations Officer, 46th Corps Support Group (Airborne), 1st Corps Support Command; and Chief, G3 Plans, 1st Sustainment Command Theater (TSC), Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Awards and decorations Lieutenant Colonel Harvell received include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Commendation Medal (3 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Achievement Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), the National Defense Service Medal (1 Service Star), the Southwest Asia Service Medal (2 Service Stars), the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon (3), the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait), the Combat Action Badge, the Senior Parachutist Badge, and Air Assault Badge.
Lieutenant Colonel Harvell is married to Cynthia; they have two children, daughter Tiffany (16) and son, Thurinton, Jr. (12).