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087: David Hayden, U.S. Army Colonel

087: David Hayden, U.S. Army Colonel

May 19, 2016 by | Be the first to comment »

On this episode of Cigars and Sea Stories, Michael and Sebastian are joined by retired US Army Colonel David “Boom-Boom” Hayden.  David served his country for 29 years in both the Engineers and JAG Corps.

David is a second generation Army officer. His father served in the Army from 1934 to 1954 and saw combat in both the Pacific and Europe during World War 2, and again during the Korean War. He retired as a Captain.

David attended the United States Military Academy at West Point during the tail end of the Vietnam war in 1976.  He was commissioned into the 82nd airborne as a engineering officer where he delighted in building things and blowing them up.

David attended law school at University of Texas during his time in the army and then joined the JAG Corps.  During his time in, he also attended the National War College and Ranger School.

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David deployed to Afghanistan as a member of the JAG Corps in the 18th Airborne Corps. In 2005 David retired from the Army.

David Hayden’s full bio

David Hayden is a retired Army Colonel who served his country for over 29 years as both an Engineer and Judge Advocate Generals Corps Officer.  Highlights of his service include 12 years in airborne assignments at Ft. Bragg, NC, including service as an engineer company commander and multiple assignments as a JAG officer including senior attorney at Ft. Bragg, NC and XVIII Airborne Corps on 9/11.  He deployed to Afghanistan as the senior legal advisor to the theater commander in 2002-2003.  He later served as the senior legal advisor to NORAD and the United States Northern Command before retiring in 2005 and moving to Raleigh, NC.  He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, the National War College, the University of Texas School of Law and holds an MBA from NC State.  After retirement, he served as a federal prosecutor in the U.S.Attorney’s office and as a general counsel for local company.  He currently practices law with the law firm of Smith Anderson in downtown Raleigh, primarily practicing in the area of government contracting.  He is active in the community with Rotary, the North Carolina Heroes Fund, and his church.

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