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NJROTC Staff Biographies

 

Senior Naval Science Instructor

Commander A. J. Kruppa, USN (Ret) 

Commander Kruppa is a native of Batavia, New York and initially enlisted in the United States Navy at the age of 17.  After 3 years of active service he was selected for the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) scholarship program from which he would later receive a commission from The Pennsylvania State University.

A joint-qualified officer, CDR Kruppa is a graduate of the U. S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College, the Joint and Combined Warfighting School, the U. S. Marine Corps' prestigious School of Advanced Warfighting (SAW), and he is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Navy Surface Commander’s Course. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the Pennsylvania State University and Master’s degrees in Military Studies, as well as, Operational Studies from Marine Corps University. CDR Kruppa is also an adjunct professor for Marine Corps University's College of Distance Education and Training, focused on delivering graduate-level Command and Staff courses to mid-career U.S. Marine Corps officers.

A career Surface Warfare Officer (SWO), CDR Kruppa’s afloat tours include serving with USS Nicholson (DD 982), USS Arthur W. Radford (DD 968); USS Firebolt (PC 10); USS Laboon (DDG 58); and Destroyer Squadron Twenty Eight (CDS 28). His most recent operational tour was as Executive Officer (XO) in USS STOUT (DDG 55) from 2018-2019. While at sea he safely navigated more than 20,000 nautical miles while completing multiple Fifth Fleet, Sixth Fleet, and NATO deployments in support of Operations ACTIVE ENDEAVOR, ALLIED PROTECTOR, ENDURING FREEDOM, and IRAQI FREEDOM. 

Ashore, CDR Kruppa served as the Department Head leadership curriculum program manager and was the senior U.S. Navy "360 degree assessment" project manager at the Center for Naval Leadership. From 2013-2016 he served as lead military planner for multiple, joint and combined contingency plans at Headquarters, U.S. European Command (J5). From 2016-2017, he served as Deputy Director of the Commander’s Action Group at Naval Surface Force, Atlantic (SURFLANT).  CDR Kruppa's last active-duty assignment was from 2019-2021 where he served as the Naval Installation Officer-in-Charge for both Naval Support Activity (NSA) Philadelphia and the historic Philadelphia Navy Yard Annex.

He is the recipient of various campaign, unit, and personal awards to include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards), the Coast Guard Meritorious Team Commendation (with "O"),  Atlantic Fleet Shiphandler of the Year (Runner-Up), and the 2018 U.S. Navy Battle Effectiveness Award ("Battle E") with USS STOUT (DDG-55). 

CDR Kruppa retired with 23 years of active service in June 2021 and resides with his wife Suzanne, two sons, one cat, and two doodles.  He enjoys lawn work, reading, writing, and competing in various multisports to include triathlons.

 

Naval Science Instructor

Chief Barry M. Harvey, USN (Ret)

Chief Harvey enlisted in the Navy December 1985 via NRD Philadelphia, PA.  He reported to Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois on the 26th of January 1986. Following completion of Recruit Training Command, He graduated MM-6YO and was advanced to Machinist Mate Third Class in November of 1986.  MM3 Harvey reported for duty onboard his first ship USS WILLIAM H. STANDLEY (CG 32) stationed in San Diego, CA.

 

In May 1987, he was advanced to Machinist Mate Second Class, and qualified as an Enlisted Warfare Specialist in June 1988.  During his tour, he was on two West-Pac deployments, and participated in the Iran/Iraq War as an Escort for Civilian Oil Tankers.  He transferred in July 1988 to attend the School of Cryogenics in Portsmouth, VA.

 

After graduating "C" School at the Navy School of Cryogenics, he was reassigned to USS MIDWAY (CV 41) in Yokosuka, Japan where he was advanced to First Class Petty Officer.  During his tour, he participated in four West Pac Deployments, including Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He was among the last personnel to serve onboard MIDWAY as a member of the decommissioning and caretaker crew taking the ship from Japan to San Diego, CA, and eventually to Bremerton, WA.

 

In June 1992, MM1 Harvey was reassigned to Sub Base Pearl Harbor, Hawaii where he performed and supervised maintenance on submarine oxygen and nitrogen systems.

 

In July 1995, MM1 Harvey was reassigned to the USNS MERCY (T-AH 19) in Oakland, CA where he was selected as Sailor of the Year making it to the CINCPACFLT level.

 

In July 1997, he was converted from Machinist Mate First Class to Navy Counselor First Class and was reassigned to the USS FIFE (DD 991) in Yokosuka, Japan where he coordinated a highly successful homeport change to Everett, WA. He then Cross-Decked to the USS CUSHING (DD 985) also in Yokosuka, Japan where he was advanced to Chief Petty Officer.

 

Chief Harvey reported to Commander SECOND Naval Construction Brigade in June 2000 as the Force Career Counselor of the Seabees.  During his tour with the Seabees, he acted as the Administration Officer TAD to Albania during the Kosovo conflict.

 

In July 2003, Chief Harvey was reassigned to the USS CHOSIN (CG 65) in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii for his last sea tour.  During his tour onboard CHOSIN, he served on three West Pac Deployments.

 

In August 2006, Chief Harvey was reassigned to Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Illinois for his final tour in the Navy.  Upon his retirement on 31 August 2009, Chief Harvey completed 24 years of active service in the United States Navy.

 

Chief Harvey and his wife Yoshie reside in Marlton.   

 

Chief Harvey was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A graduate of Olney High School, he received an AA degree from Columbia College, BS degree from Excelsior College, and a MS degree from Webster University.

 

Chief Harvey’s hobbies mostly consist of obsessing with Philadelphia Sports Teams, EAGLES in particular.  He also enjoys riding his Motorcycle and Scuba Diving.