Commander David J. Haney, USN
A native of Loveland, Colorado, Commander Dave “Whep” Haney graduated from Fort Lewis College where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Cellular and Molecular Biology. After completion of Officer Candidate School he received his commission in July 1998 in Pensacola, Florida. CDR Haney was designated a Naval Aviator in December 2000 after completing flight training in Corpus Christi, Texas, Meridian, Mississippi and Kingsville, Texas flying the T-34C, T-2C, and the T-45A.
After completing F-18 pilot training with VFA-125 ROUGH RAIDERS at NAS Lemoore, California he reported to the MIGHTY SHRIKES of VFA-94 flying the F-18C. He completed a Western Pacific deployment in 2003 aboard USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) participating in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.
In March 2005 CDR Haney reported back to VFA-125 as an instructor pilot serving as Schedules Officer, Assistant Operations Officer and Fighter Weapons Phase Head. While at VFA-125 he was selected as the Instructor of the Year for 2007.
In November 2007, CDR Haney reported to the staff of Carrier Air Wing FOURTEEN (CVW-14) as the Air-to-Air Officer where he deployed with the USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN-76) Carrier Strike Group flying combat missions in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.
In February 2009, CDR Haney reported to the FISTIES of VFA-25 as a Department Head. Completing his third and fourth deployments aboard USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN-76) and USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) flying combat missions in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and NEW DAWN. While assigned as a Department Head he served as the Safety Officer, Maintenance Officer and Operations Officer.
In August 2011, CDR Haney reported to the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island earning a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies.
Following War College CDR Haney reported to the Information Operations directorate (J39) at North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. CDR Haney was assigned as the Electronic Warfare Officer for both NORAD and USNORTHCOM. Next, CDR Haney was selected as the Secretariat to the Joint Staff reporting to the N-NC Chief of Staff.
In August 2014 CDR Haney reported to VFA-106 for CAT III training in the F/A-18E. Following qualification in the F-18E CDR Haney reported to the KNIGHTHAWKS of VFA-136 in June 2015 as the Executive Officer. He became the 25th Commanding Officer for the KNIGHTHAWKS in October 2016.
CDR Haney has accumulated over 2800 hours flying the T-34C, T2C, T-45A, and the F/A-18 A-F Hornet. His personal awards include Defense Meritorious Service Medal, three Strike Fight Air Medals, three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and various unit and campaign medals.