Commander Michael Haymon
United States Navy
CDR Haymon is a native of Aberdeen, Washington and enlisted in the United States Navy in 1998 following graduation from Washington State University. He was commissioned in February 2001 after completion of Officer Candidate School and was designated a Naval Flight Officer in July 2002.
After completion of initial training in the P-3C “Orion” CDR Haymon reported to the “Fighting Marlins” of VP-40, Whidbey Island, WA in February 2003. While assigned to VP-40 he completed deployments to FIFTH and SEVENTH Fleets supporting ENDURING FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM-PHILIPPINES, and IRAQI FREEDOM. During this tour he served as the AT Branch Officer, Maintenance Training Officer, Assistant Tactics Officer, and the NFO NATOPS Officer while earning qualification as a Tactical Coordinator, Mission Commander, and Instructor Tactical Coordinator. At the completion of this tour CDR Haymon was selected as the 2005 Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing TEN Junior Officer of the Year.
In May 2006, CDR Haymon reported for duty as a Weapons and Tactics Instructor in Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing TEN and served as the Special Projects Officer, Tactics Officer, and VP WTU Division Officer. During this tour CDR Haymon also earned a Master of Science in Global Leadership from the University of San Diego and completed the Air War College JPME Phase I course of instruction.
CDR Haymon reported aboard HARRY S TRUMAN as the Assistant Navigator for his disassociated sea tour. While assigned to TRUMAN he earned underway qualification as a Command Duty Officer and Officer of the Deck while completing a FIFTH Fleet deployment. This tour culminated in his selection as the 2010 Naval Air Force Atlantic Shiphandler of the Year.
Following his disassociated sea tour, CDR Haymon reported to the “Screaming Eagles” of VP-1 in December 2011 for duty as a Department Head. While assigned to VP-1, CDR Haymon served as the JIATF-S LNO, Command Services Officer, Training Officer, and Operations Officer while completing deployments to FOURTH and FIFTH FLEET.
In July 2014, CDR Haymon reported for duty on the Joint Staff, Strategic Plans and Policy (J5) directorate. His initial duty was an Action Officer managing the United Nations and Peacekeeping portfolio and was subsequently selected to be the Deputy Executive Assistant to the Director, Strategic Plans and Policy.
His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Naval Commendation Medal (4), Naval Achievement Medal (2), and various unit and campaign ribbons.