LtCol Matt Haley
Lieutenant Colonel Haley was born in Long Beach, California and spent the adolescent years between his birth state, Mississippi, and Florida. He graduated from the University of Mississippi, better known as Ole Miss, in May 2002 where he studied Political Science and Criminal Justice. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant through the Naval Reserve Officers Training (NROTC) program. Following graduation, he completed the Basic School in January 2003 and reported to Naval Supply Corps School in Athens, Georgia for the Basic Qualification Course (BQC) in Aviation Supply.
Upon completion of the BQC, LtCol Haley reported to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron (MALS) 26, MCAS New River, North Carolina in June of 2003 and served as the Supply Accounting Division OIC, Squadron Support Division OIC, Supply Response Division OIC, and Fiscal OIC. He was promoted to First Lieutenant in May of 2004.
During his tour at MALS-26, he deployed to Al Asad and Al Taqaddum (TQ), Iraq from February 2005 to February 2006. He served as the Supply Response Division OIC and the TQ supply detachment OIC. Upon his return from deployment, LtCol Haley was selected for Marine Officer Instructor (MOI) duty at the University of South Florida in Tampa where he served as the OIC for all Marines assigned to the NROTC program, Assistant Professor of Naval Science, Operations Officer, and Battalion Advisor. He was promoted to Captain in November of 2006. Additionally, LtCol Haley served as an augment Platoon Commander at Officer Candidates School in Quantico, Virginia during the summer of 2007 and 2008.
Following his assignment as an MOI, LtCol Haley reported to MALS-11, MCAS Miramar, California in July of 2009 where he served as the Supply Accounting Division OIC before being assigned to an Individual Augment (IA) billet with I Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) Forward in December of 2009.
During his tour with I MEF, LtCol Haley served on an assessment team that tracked governance, economic development, and Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) development for the districts of Musa Qaleh, Sangin, and Kajaki in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. These reports helped shape decisions for the Commanders of Regional Command Southwest (RC-SW), International Joint Command (IJC), and International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).
Upon redeployment in August of 2010, LtCol Haley returned to MALS-11 and served as the Assistant Aviation Supply Officer. Due to a high operational tempo and manpower shortages, LtCol Haley also simultaneously served as both the Aviation Supply Officer and Assistant Aviation Supply Officer from February 2011 to June 2012. He was reassigned to Commander, Naval Air Forces, Pacific in Coronado, California in June of 2012 and was promoted to the rank of Major in August of 2013. Major Haley served as the Allowancing Director for all Naval Air Forces that included AVCAL/outfitting management for every CVN, L-deck, Naval Air Station, and Marine Corps Air Station.
He reported to MALS-13, MCAS Yuma, Arizona in July of 2015, served as the Aviation Supply Officer for the entire MAG for two years and later assumed the role of MALS Executive Officer. He received follow-on assignment to the Aviation Logistics Department of 1st Marine Aircraft Wing in Okinawa, Japan in June 2018 and was promoted to his present rank in February 2019.
He currently serves as Commanding Officer of Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 36 in Okinawa, Japan. LtCol Haley’s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal. He is single and enjoys spending time with his French Bulldog Oscar.