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Rear Admiral Hayden is a native of Cecilia, Kentucky and is a 1992 graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree. He received his commission via the Navy ROTC program in August 1992. He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Franklin University and a Six Sigma Black Belt from Villanova University.
He served on active duty aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and Naval Special Warfare Group THREE. He held command of Naval Special Warfare Logistics Support Unit ONE; Defense Logistics Agency, Logistics Assistance Team Columbus, Ohio; Navy Cargo Handling Battalion TEN; NR Naval Supply Systems Command, Global Logistics Support Headquarters; and NR Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Logistics Readiness Center Headquarters 120. He most recently served as Reserve Director (N4R), logistics, Fleet Supply and Ordnance at U.S. Pacific Fleet Command.
Hayden mobilized in 2001 with Commander, Naval Air Forces Command, San Diego, California assessing the logistics pipeline for the Navy’s top weapon system platform, the F/A-18 Hornet to support Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan; deployed to the Middle East in 2008 as Deputy Director of Current Operations, CENTCOM Deployment and Distribution Operations Center; and in 2012 as Deputy Group Commander, Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group Forward.
Rear Admiral Hayden is qualified as a Naval Aviation Supply Officer and Navy Expeditionary Supply Corps Officer. His personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (two awards) and various other personal, service, unit, and campaign awards.