Endorsement

Admiral John C. Harvey, Jr.

I write to offer my endorsement to John Andrews in his effort to run for City Council in District 8 of the great city of Virginia Beach.

John, or “Condor,” as most of those who served with him refer, worked for me when I was a strike group commander during Operation IRAQI Freedom. His drive, intellect, dedication, and infectious enthusiasm, in a demanding and difficult environment, were invaluable assets to the team. Knowing him as I did led me to ask him to join my team when I took command of United States Fleet Forces Command (USFF), and I am very glad he accepted.

We continued our partnership when we both left active service and began supporting the mission of assisting the transition of active-duty military to the private sector. Condor was the Special Assistant for Veteran Services and Military Affairs, and I was serving as as Virginia’s Secretary for Veteran Services and Defense Affairs.

John’s rock-solid integrity and his ability to see the big picture were absolutely invaluable to me. Most of his time at USFF was spent helping me develop and refine my vision in leading a very large and complex organization. I enthusiastically endorse him for City Council not only for these reasons but, far more importantly, because he will bring experience and understanding that no one on Council now, nor any of the current candidates, possess. He would be the only council member who was a career officer and has the unique understanding of Virginia Beach’s largest employer and most impactful customer, the U.S. Navy and the Department of Defense.

John has operated inside and outside the fence-line, understands the processes, has experienced the sacrifice of service, has established relationships with leadership at the highest level, and can call many of the citizens in Virginia Beach “shipmate” and know exactly what that means.

John “Condor” Andrews has my strongest possible personal recommendation for his election to Virginia Beach City Council. he has earned your vote and your trust!

John C. Harvey, Jr
Admiral, United States Navy (Retired)

I write to offer my endorsement to John Andrews in his effort to run for City Council in District 8 of the great city of Virginia Beach.

John, or “Condor,” as most of those who served with him refer, worked for me when I was a strike group commander during Operation IRAQI Freedom. His drive, intellect, dedication, and infectious enthusiasm, in a demanding and difficult environment, were invaluable assets to the team. Knowing him as I did led me to ask him to join my team when I took command of United States Fleet Forces Command (USFF), and I am very glad he accepted.

We continued our partnership when we both left active service and began supporting the mission of assisting the transition of active-duty military to the private sector. Condor was the Special Assistant for Veteran Services and Military Affairs, and I was serving as as Virginia’s Secretary for Veteran Services and Defense Affairs.

John’s rock-solid integrity and his ability to see the big picture were absolutely invaluable to me. Most of his time at USFF was spent helping me develop and refine my vision in leading a very large and complex organization. I enthusiastically endorse him for City Council not only for these reasons but, far more importantly, because he will bring experience and understanding that no one on Council now, nor any of the current candidates, possess. He would be the only council member who was a career officer and has the unique understanding of Virginia Beach’s largest employer and most impactful customer, the U.S. Navy and the Department of Defense.

John has operated inside and outside the fence-line, understands the processes, has experienced the sacrifice of service, has established relationships with leadership at the highest level, and can call many of the citizens in Virginia Beach “shipmate” and know exactly what that means.

John “Condor” Andrews has my strongest possible personal recommendation for his election to Virginia Beach City Council. he has earned your vote and your trust!

John C. Harvey, Jr
Admiral, United States Navy (Retired)