Commander Peter Haynes

Commanding Officer, Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron (VQ) 3

29 October 2020 Commander Peter W. Haynes is a native of Thompson Falls, Montana.  CDR Haynes attended Oregon State University (OSU) in Corvallis, Oregon on a Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship.  He graduated Summa Cum Laude in December 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and minor in Naval Science and in March 2002 earned a Master of Science degree in Statistics.

CDR Haynes completed flight training, earning his Naval Aviator “Wings of Gold” in August 2003.  In February 2004, CDR Haynes reported to the "IRONMEN" of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron THREE (VQ-3), serving as a Flight Instructor, Lead NATOPS Instructor, and Mission Commander Evaluator for the TACAMO and ABNCP missions flying the E-6B Mercury.  CDR Haynes earned the distinction of VQ-3 Pilot of the year in 2006.  CDR Haynes returned to VQ-3 for his Department Head tour, and served as the NATOPS and Training Officer, Safety Officer, and Operations Officer.

CDR Haynes graduated from the United States Naval Test Pilot School, Patuxent River, Maryland in December 2007.  As a Naval Test Pilot School graduate, he reported to the Naval Force Aircraft Test and Evaluation Squadron TWO ZERO (VX-20), flying as a P-8A and E-6B Developmental Test Pilot, as well as completing a Master of Science degree in Systems Engineering through the Naval Post Graduate School.  While at VX-20, he and his E-6B team were honored with Test Team of the Quarter, 4th Quarter 2008.

In August 2010, CDR Haynes reported to NAVCENT, Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bahrain as a Force Protection Officer.  From NSA Bahrain, he transferred to the Operations Integration Group (OIG) at the Pentagon, providing operational support and planning to the Secretary of the Navy, Chief of Naval Operations, and other senior level military and civilian leaders.  CDR Haynes then served on the Joint Staff (JS) where he served as the Deputy Chief of the Joint Staff Support Services Office (JSSSO), directly supporting the Vice Director, Joint Staff (VDJS). While working in JSSSO, CDR Haynes was hand selected to serve as the Executive Assistant (EA) to the VDJS and subsequently as deputy EA to the Director of the Joint Staff, where he completed his JS tour. He then transitioned, within the Pentagon, to OPNAV N2N6 and subsequently OPNAV N98, where he served as E-6B Requirements Officer/Resource Sponsor for mission systems and airframe, respectively. While attached to N98 he served as the Navy Action Officer lead for the E-6B recapitalization effort.

CDR Haynes has over 2,000 hours in 22 models of jet, prop, glider, and rotary wing aircraft. Awards include: Meritorious Service Medal (2), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3), Battle Efficiency Award (2), CNO Safety Award, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.​ 
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