Howe Military Academy welcomed CDR Leonard Haidl as the guest speaker for the March 7th Character and Leadership Lecture Series.

A native of Colon, Michigan, Commander Haidl graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics. He was designated a Naval Aviator in August 1994 and completed his first sea tour in the E-2C Hawkeye, including a deployment onboard the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73) in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH. At the conclusion of this tour, CDR Haidl transitioned to the F-14 Tomcat.

In October 1999, Commander Haidl reported to the VF-143 “Puking Dogs” based at NAS Oceana, VA, where he served aboard USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69) and USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67) in direct support of Operations DENY FLIGHT, SOUTHERN WATCH and ENDURING FREEDOM. In September 2002, CDR Haidl was assigned to VF-101 as an instructor pilot and Assistant Operations Officer. In October 2003, he reported to the “Jolly Rogers” of VF-103 for his department head tour where he deployed aboard USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67) in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. CDR Haidl served as the Operations Officer while the squadron transitioned to the F/A-18F Super Hornet. In 2006, he reported to VFA-106 as the Training Officer and Operations Officer. In October 2007, CDR Haidl received follow-on orders to Carrier Air Wing Three as the Operations Officer and deployed aboard USS HARRY S TRUMAN (CVN 75) and supported Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. He has logged over 3400 flight hours, 100 combat missions and 712 arrested carrier landings.

In August 2009, CDR Haidl was a student at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. where he received a Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy. After graduation, CDR Haidl served at the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization where he led the Technology Requirements and Integration Division and was responsible for developing and fielding counter-IED enablers.

In August 2013, CDR Haidl reported to the National Defense University where he served as the Deputy Director of the Wargaming Division at the Center for Applied Strategic Learning. Additionally, he served as an adjunct professor for Human Dimensions in Strategic Leadership, Resilience and Well Being.

In August 2015, CDR Haidl reported as the Executive Officer and Associate Professor of Naval Science at the University of Michigan Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps unit.

CDR Haidl earned an Executive Master of Business Administration with Distinction from the Naval Post-Graduate School in 2008 and was the recipient of the Rear Admiral Thomas R. McClellan Award for Academic Excellence in the Graduate School of Business and Public Policy. He was selected to present at the 2015 TEDxUofM conference on servant leadership and competed in the 2015 Boston Marathon. CDR Haidl is married and has two children.

You can watch his presentation below.