|Commander Jon E. Haydel
Commanding Officer (October 2009 - March 2012)
Commander Jon Haydel, a native of Houston, Texas, graduated from Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge) in 1991 and received his commission from NROTC Southern University (Baton Rouge). He earned a master's degree in Military Science with a specialty in Naval Warfare from American Military University and completed JPME Phase I requirements via the Naval War College Non-Resident Seminar Courses.
After attending Surface Warfare Officers School-Division Officers Course in Coronado, Calif., CDR Haydel was assigned to USS Durham (LKA 114) where he was billeted as the 1st/2nd Divisions Officer for 18 months. Upon Durham's decommissioning, CDR Haydel reported to USS Cleveland (LPD 7) and served as Electrical Officer, Boilers Officer, CICO, and Assistant Operations Officer. While aboard Cleveland, he made two Western Pacific deployments and qualified OOD, 600 lb. Steam EOOW, SWO, and TAO.
For his shore tour, CDR Haydel reported to the United States Naval Academy and was an instructor of Seamanship and Navigation, Leadership, Strategy and Tactics, and Ship Handling. While in Annapolis, he qualified as a Small Boat Craftmaster and Officer in Charge of 108' Yard Patrol Craft.
Following Annapolis, CDR Haydel reported to Surface Warfare Officers School-Department Head School in Newport, Rhode Island. Prior to completing the Billet Specialty portion of the curriculum, he was sent to Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School in Quantico, Va., as part of a test program allowing Naval Officers to participate as the notional Navy Staff in a one month role-playing, scenario driven exercise.
CDR Haydel reported to USS Rushmore (LSD 47) as the Operations Officer in January 2000. Rushmore, known as the Amphibious Smart Ship or “Smart Gator”, was the test platform for many of the systems scheduled for installation aboard future amphibious warships, including the LPD 17 class. Making a trip up the Columbia River and CARAT Deployment, Rushmore proved the validity of many new systems, hardware and software. As a second tour Department Head, CDR Haydel was stationed aboard USS Denver (LPD 9) as the Operations Officer, and made another deployment to the Western Pacific and Red Sea.
CDR Haydel attended Surface Warfare Officers School-Prospective Executive Officer Course in July 2003. Selected as Precommissioning Executive Officer of USS SAN ANTONIO (LPD 17), he reported the ship’s Precom Detachment located in Norfolk, VA in August 2003, and then the Precom Unit located in New Orleans, LA in October 2003, to supervise the training of the crew and ship construction. During CDR Haydel’s three year tour, SAN ANTONIO was moved to Pascagoula, MS to complete construction, withstood Hurricane Katrina and participated in disaster relief efforts, successfully completed Crew Certification and Sail Away, conducted the formal commissioning of the ship, engaged in an extensive testing period designed to validate the design and capabilities of the LPD-17 Class of ships, and completed initiated the ship’s Basic Phase Unit Level Training period.
CDR Haydel's personal decorations include: Meritorious Service Medal (1 Award), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (6 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various campaign and unit awards.