The son of a career Marine Corps officer, LCDR Haag graduated the University of Michigan (B.S. Electrical Engineering) and commissioned through the NROTC program in 2004. After initial nuclear training he reported onboard the USS HAMPTON (SSN-767) in Norfolk, VA, where he served from 2005 to 2008, where he qualified in submarines and as a conventional weapons handling supervisor. During this tour HAMPTON completed an extensive maintenance period, shifted homeports to San Diego and completed one WESTPAC deployment.
In 2008 LCDR Haag transferred to Norfolk to work as a Senior Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM) Mission Planner at U.S. Second Fleet, where he assisted NAVCENT TLAM planning efforts. While at Second Fleet he was selected as the flag aide to CDRE Jonathan Handley (Royal Navy), the Deputy Director of the Combined Joint Operations from the Sea Centre of Excellence (CJOS-COE). LCDR Haag published one IO Commander’s Handbook and assisted the CJOS-COE staff in integrating coalition warships from NATO nations into U.S. Carrier Strike Groups.
While at Second Fleet LCDR Haag laterally transferred to Information Warfare, and after initial training he arrived at Navy Information Operations Command Georgia (NIOC GA) in 2011. He spent one year as a Special Evaluator onboard EP-3E aircraft flying in support of Operation UNIFIED PROTECTOR as well as sensitive reconnaissance operations in Sixth Fleet. He then became the inaugural Commander of Task Unit 1050.1.4, in charge of 70 Sailors providing airborne cryptologic augmentation support to EUCOM, AFRICOM and CENTCOM areas of responsibility. His last job was the N7 department head, in charge of 170 Sailors supporting the training requirements of a 1500 person command.
In 2014 LCDR Haag transferred to U.S. Pacific Fleet, where he stood watch as a Maritime Watch Captain on Pacific Fleet’s intelligence watch floor. After one year of he was appointed as the N22 Future Operations Officer, where he led a team of 25 Sailors integrating innovative technologies into daily intelligence operations before being selected as the next Officer in Charge of NIOD Groton. During this time he completed his Master’s degree via distance education from Naval Postgraduate School with a classified thesis.
LCDR Haag’s decorations and awards include two Air Medals, two Navy Commendation Medals and two Navy Achievement Medals. He is a 2013 Copernicus Award winner.