Harry Oberg is a longtime native of Prescott whose father (Nils) came to Prescott in 1929. His father worked in ranching until the early 1950’s. Harry was born in Laramie, Wyoming in 1947 when his father was in the process of moving his mother from South Dakota to Arizona after their joint service in World War II. Harry grew up in Prescott attending Lincoln School, Prescott Junior High School (where the Sheriff’s Office is today), and graduated from Prescott High School in 1965 (where the middle school is currently). Harry attended Arizona State College until drafted on 6 November, 1966.
Harry completed two tours in Vietnam as an Army helicopter pilot. During his first tour he received a combat wound which required several months of hospitalization between tours. His combat decorations include 2-Distinguished Flying Crosses, 2-Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, 34-Air Medals (one with Valor Device), and numerous Vietnam campaign and service awards. After extensive service with Army Aviation, Harry pursued his Army career as an Armor Officer until retirement at the rank of Colonel in April, 2000. During this time, he was given assignments of increasing responsibility in Cavalry, Mechanized Infantry and Armor units. His non-combat awards include the Legion of Merit, 5-Meritorius Service medals, and other service achievement awards. In addition, he was awarded the Saint George Medallion for his distinguished contributions to the U.S Army Armor Corps.
During his 33-year career in the U.S. Army and Army National Guard, Harry had assignments in several nations in Southwest Asia, Germany and the United Kingdom. In addition, he served in the National Guard for the States of Arizona, Alaska, California, Illinois, Iowa, and Nevada. While serving with the Iowa Army National Guard, Harry was promoted to Brigadier General. Beside his command and staff assignments at the Company, Battalion and Brigade levels, he has also served as an Inspector General.
Harry received an Undergraduate Degree in Accounting from Northern Arizona University, a Master’s Degree in International Relations from Salva Regina University, and is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College. In the last nine years before he retired, Harry was assigned to the Pentagon where he was responsible for a $1.5B budget providing equipment and supplies to Army National Guard units deploying to Afghanistan and Iraq. In 2007, he and his wife Jeanna both retired and returned to Prescott, Arizona.
In August, 2015, Harry was elected Mayor of Prescott for a two-year term, starting 24 November, 2015.