Commander, National Strike Force
United States Coast Guard
CAPT Haynes began his military career upon enlistment in the U.S. Navy in 1978. After attending basic training, followed by Navy Propulsion Engineering School, Submarine School, and Submarine Auxiliary Engineering School, he was assigned to the Engineering Division on the fast attack submarine USS LOS ANGELES, SSN 688, and qualified in submarines in February 1980. CAPT Haynes embarked on his Coast Guard career in 1988 after attending Officer Candidate School in Yorktown, Virginia. He has since served in a variety of challenging and interesting Coast Guard assignments.
CAPT Haynes assumed command of the National Strike Force on April 15, 2011. The National Strike Force is an element of the United States Deployable Operations Group and provides operational oversight of the Atlantic Strike Team (Fort Dix, NJ) Gulf Strike Team (Mobile, AL), Pacific Strike Team (Novato, CA), and the Public Information Assist Team and the National Strike Force Coordination Center home based in Elizabeth City, NC.
CAPT Haynes returns to the National Strike Force after having served as Chief of Prevention, Fifth Coast Guard District, headquartered in Portsmouth, Virginia. In this capacity, he oversaw Prevention programs and activities protecting the public, our ports and waterways, the environment, and supported U.S. economic interests throughout the region.
Prior to the Fifth District, CAPT Haynes served as the Commanding Officer of the Atlantic Strike Team. In this capacity, he was responsible for responding to domestic and international oil spills, hazardous materials releases, and weapons of mass destruction incidents. Other operational tours include: Executive Officer, Marine Safety Office St. Louis; Chief, Marine Environmental Response Branch at Marine Safety Office Anchorage, Alaska; Marine Inspections, Investigations, and Port Operations Officer at Marine Safety Office Hampton Roads, Virginia; and Marine Inspector at Marine Inspections Office New York.
CAPT Haynes’ staff tours include: Special Assistant to DHS Under Secretary for Preparedness in Washington, DC, as well as Liaison Officer to DHS Operational Integration Staff (I-Staff) where he provided subject matter expertise in development of DHS operational integration and preparedness doctrine and policies. He also served as Chief, Contingency Preparedness and Response Management School at the Coast Guard Training Center in Yorktown, Virginia.
CAPT Haynes has held a number of significant incident management positions during his career and was assigned as Incident Commander and Planning Section Chief on the Atlantic Area Incident Management Assist Team (IMAT). CAPT Haynes was deployed to Hurricane Katrina where he served as the Planning Section Chief for the Principal Federal Official, in New Orleans. Recently, CAPT Haynes served as Chief, Interagency Strategic Planning for the Deepwater Horizon National Incident Commander in Washington, DC.
CAPT Haynes’ personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Coast Guard Commendation Medal (3 awards), Department of Transportation 9-11 Medal, Coast Guard Achievement Medal, Commandant’s Letter of Commendation, Coast Guard Special Operations Service Ribbon, and numerous other service and unit awards.
CAPT Haynes is a 1987 graduate of Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture/Animal Science. He grew up in Homer, Alaska, where his father was a commercial fisherman harvesting some of the finest seafood from Kachemak Bay, Cook Inlet, Prince William Sound, and the Gulf of Alaska region.
CAPT Haynes is married to the former Maria Giordano. Together, they have six children and two grandchildren.
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