Commander Earl P. Hadler, USN
Commander E.P. Hadler was commissioned through the Naval ROTC program in 2000 after receiving his Bachelor of Science in Finance from Boston University. Designated a Naval Aviator in 2002, he reported to VFA-125. Upon completion of the FA-18C FRS in 2003, he reported to VFA-146 onboard USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) executing a WESTPAC deployment and a subsequent deployment in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.
In 2006, he graduated from TOPGUN and was a Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor (SFTI) at Strike Fighter Weapons School, Atlantic. From 2009 to 2010, he was assigned to VFA-136 as the Training Officer. From 2010 to 2011, he attended The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in residence at Tufts University after his selection to the Navy Politico-Military Masters Program where he earned a Masters of Arts. From 2011 to 2013, he was a Department Head in VFA-105 onboard USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN-75) holding the jobs of Admin, Maintenance, and Operations Officer and deploying in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. From 2013 to 2015, he served at the United States European Command Headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany. In 2015, he reported to Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, VA where he completed Joint & Combined Warfighting School. Commander Hadler completed F/A-18E/F instruction at VFA-106 and VFA-122 and is the Prospective Executive Officer of VFA-136 in Lemoore, CA.
To date, he has accumulated more than 2500 flight hours in Naval Aircraft. In 2009, he was distinguished as the Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor of the Year, Atlantic. His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Strike/Flight Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Joint Achievement Medal, and numerous other campaign and service awards.