A native of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, Lieutenant Colonel Harkins was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps in 2006 after graduating from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Supply Chain Management and Information Systems.
Lieutenant Colonel Harkins’ service in the operating forces includes: S-4A, Motor Transport Platoon Commander, Support Company Commander, Georgian Liaison Team Advisor, S-3A while serving in Marine Wing Support Squadron 374 (2008-2011); S-4 while serving in 1st Battalion, 4th Marines (2014-2016); S-4 and Command Element S-4 while serving in 1st Marine Regiment/Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command (SPMAGTF-CR-CC) (2016-2018). In addition to deployments in support of Marine Rotational Forces-Darwin (MRF-D) and SPMAGTF-CR-CC, Lieutenant Colonel Harkins deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (2008) and Operation Enduring Freedom (2010).
Outside the operating forces, Lieutenant Harkins’ service includes: Platoon Commander while serving at Officer Candidate School (2011); S-4, Convoy Package Primary, Staff Platoon Commander while serving at The Basic School (2011-2014); Logistics Planner, Naval Capabilities Integration Process-Marine Corps (NCIP-MC) Kill Chain Team Lead while serving at the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory (2019-2022).
His formal military education includes: The Basic School (2007); Logistics Officers Course (2008); Ground Safety Officer Course (2008); Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course – Aviation Ground Support (2009); Expeditionary Warfare School (non-resident, 2013); Marine Corps Command and Staff College (non-resident, 2018); U.S. Army Command and Staff College (Marine Corps Top Graduate, 2019); U.S. Army Red Team Member Course (2019).
Lieutenant Colonel Harkins’ personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with gold star, Navy Commendation Medal with (2) gold stars and Combat Valor distinguishing device, Navy Achievement Medal, and Combat Action Ribbon.