Joe Biehler has done a lot.

A senior finance manager in Harris’ Communications Systems business, Biehler is a long-time member of the New York Army National Guard who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

His roles read like an action movie script – rifle platoon leader, mortar platoon leader, company commander, battalion commander. And the list of awards adds to his service story, like Bronze Star, Air Assault Badge, Basic Parachutist Badge and Ranger Tab.

The National Guard recognized his service, accomplishments and expertise when it recently promoted Biehler to brigadier general in a ceremony at Fort Drum, New York.

Biehler is one of thousands of Harris employees who have bravely served the nation in the Armed Forces, and one of many who balance their service along with civilian careers.

Biehler has been the commander of the New York Army National Guard's 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team for the past four years of his 30-year National Guard career.

Biehler’s knowledge and extensive experience in the Army provides Harris an understanding of customer needs and perspectives, Harris Operations and Engineering Finance Comptroller Mike Miller said.

"While Joe has always been a valuable member of the Harris Finance team, it's amazing and humbling to see what he has accomplished for our community and our country in addition to his work here," Miller said. "We continue to be extremely proud to have Joe as a member of the Harris family."

In May 1987, Biehler was commissioned as an infantry officer and has held positions as a rifle platoon leader, mortar platoon leader, support platoon leader, company commander, battalion supply, operations and executive officer, division liaison officer and battalion commander.

His awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Basic Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Ranger Tab and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

"Being a Soldier is such an honor, and I still very much enjoy wearing this uniform,” Biehler said following his promotion. “The work I do at Harris every day impacts me as a soldier and my entire combat team so I take it very seriously.”