First Sergeant Harvey enlisted in the Marine Corps on May 28, 1999 and completed recruit training at MCRD Parris Island, South Carolina. Following recruit training, Private First Class Harvey attended School of Infantry at Camp Geiger, North Carolina where he earned the MOS of 0311 Basic Infantryman and was meritoriously promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal.
On November of 1999, Lance Corporal Harvey reported to 2d Platoon, Bravo Company Marine Barracks 8th & I, Washington, DC as a ceremonial marcher. Here he attended Ceremonial Drill School and was chosen by his peers for the Brickhouse Award, for showing the most leadership while attending the school. Here Lance Corporal Harvey participated in ceremonies to include the White House, Pentagon, parades, and funerals. During this time, Lance Corporal Harvey was chosen to support the security detail for the United Nations gathering assembly in New York City for 30days and to represent the barracks as the NCOIC for the showing to the public of the National Declaration of Independence at the Nation Archive on July 4th. Lance Corporal Harvey completed two parade seasons and was promoted to the rank of Corporal and served as Squad Leader.
Corporal Harvey was then transferred to 1st Platoon, India Company 3d Battalion, 3d Marines at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii as a Fire Team Leader and shortly later becoming a Squad Leader after September of 2001. There Corporal Harvey attended Corporal’s Course and he was chosen by his peers to receive the Leadership Award. Soon later, Corporal Harvey went on a Unit Deployment Program to Camp Hansen Okinawa, Japan. While on a UDP in a Helo Company, Corporal Harvey participated in numerous training operations including TRAP, NEO, and Raids in Tinian, Guam, Philippines, and Korea. While on deployment Corporal Harvey attended green belt course.
On October of 2002, shortly after returning from deployment, Corporal Harvey reenlisted for Marine Security Guard Battalion, Quantico, Virginia. During MSG school, Corporal Harvey was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Sergeant Harvey reported to the United States Embassy Kuwait City, Kuwait in March of 2003. There Sergeant Harvey was assigned the duties as the React NCO and Watch Stander. In April of 2005, Sergeant Harvey was then transferred to the United States Embassy Nassau, Bahamas. There Sergeant Harvey was assigned as the Assistance Detachment Commander and Watch Stander.
On April of 2005, after successfully completing his duties as a Marine Security Guard, he then was transferred to 2d Platoon, Fox Company, 2d Battalion 5th Marines as Squad Leader. In August of 2005, Sergeant Harvey was sent to Marine Combat Instructor of Water Survivor School at Expeditionary Warfare Training Group, Pacific Coronado, California. There at the course, Sergeant Harvey graduated as the Honor Graduate. Soon there after, he deployed on the 31st MEU and participated in 7 MEDCAPS on the Jolo Islands in the Philippines. During the deployment, Sergeant Harvey also served as the company senior safety swimmer and was in charge of the company’s safety for 15 training boat raids.
After his return from the MEU, Sergeant Harvey was then sent to the Summer Mountain Leader’s Course, at Marine Corps Training Center, Bridgeport, California in August of 2006. Then in March of 2007, Sergeant Harvey deployed again with 3d Platoon, Fox Company, 2d Battalion, 5th Marines as Squad Leader to Ramadi, Iraq. During the deployment, Sergeant Harvey volunteered to take over a new Iraqi Police stationed with over 100 local civilians and help trained them to attend the police academy.
On December of 2007, Sergeant Harvey was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant and was assigned as the Platoon Sergeant for 3d Platoon. Staff Sergeant Harvey reported to the Staff Non-commissioned Officers Academy as a student for the Career Course Class 2-08. While attending the course, he distinguished himself by being chosen by his peers as the recipient of the Class Gung Ho Award as the student who best personified the traits and principles of a Staff Noncommissioned Officer.
Staff Sergeant Harvey received orders to Drill Instructor School 3-08 on March of 2008. There Staff Sergeant Harvey served as a Drill Instructor with Kilo Company, Third Recruit Training Battalion, Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego. In July of 2009, Staff Sergeant Harvey reported to Infantry Unit Leader’s course as a student for class 4-09.
On March of 2011, Staff Sergeant Harvey received orders to 1st Platoon, India Company, 3d Battalion, 7th Marines at Twentynine Palms, California as the Platoon Sergeant. In September of 2011, Staff Sergeant Harvey deployed to Sangin, Afghanistan at patrol base Gumbatty in the southern green zone. During the deployment, his platoon was chosen as the main effort for a company operation in the southern green zone and the main effort for a battalion operation in the northern green zone. In March of 2012, while on deployment Staff Sergeant Harvey was combat meritoriously promoted to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant.
Gunnery Sergeant Harvey returned from deployment on April of 2012 and was transferred to H&S Company where he served as the Sniper Platoon Sergeant. In September of 2013, Gunnery Sergeant Harvey deployed back to Sangin, Afghanistan. Upon returning back to the states, he reported to the Staff Non-commissioned Officers Academy as a student for the Advance Course Class 4-14. While attending the course, he distinguished himself by being chosen by his peers as the recipient of the Class Gung Ho Award and Personal Fitness Test high Award.
In August of 2014, Gunnery Sergeant Harvey was transferred to Marine Barracks 8th & I, Washington, DC to serve as a Company Gunnery Sergeant for Bravo Company. In May of 2015, Gunnery Sergeant Harvey was frocked to the rank of First Sergeant and received orders back to MCRD, SD as the funeral director.
In March of 2016, First Sergeant Harvey checked into his present duty station at I&I 1st CAG, Camp Pendleton, CA as the I&I 1stSgt.
First Sergeant Harvey’s awards include 2 Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with combat Valor, 2 Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, 1 Combat Action Ribbon.