The son of an Army Master Sgt., Capt. Scott “Cooter” Hardy enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1986 attending boot camp at MCRD San Diego. His tours included HMH-462 in Tustin, California and HMX-1 in Quantico, Virginia where he supported Presidents Reagan and Bush Sr. from 1987 to 1991. After transitioning to the Marine Reserves, he attended Texas A&M University graduating in 1994. In the summer of 1995 he attended Officer Candidate School (OCS) at NAS Pensacola, Florida and was designated a Naval Flight Officer in 1997.
Capt. Hardy’s operational sea tours include a flag air ops tour with Carrier Strike Group Eleven (CCSG-11), on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) from 2014 to 2016; commanding officer tour with the Patriots of VAQ-140 in NAS Whidbey Island, Washington from Jan 2014 to Jun 2014; commanding officer tour with the Gauntlets of VAQ-136 at NAF Atsugi, Japan on USS George Washington (CVN 73) and NAS Whidbey Island, Washington for transition from the EA-6B to the EA-18G from 2011 to 2014; department head tour with VAQ-135 Black Ravens with CVW-11, on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) from 2006 to 2009; junior officer tour with the Gauntlets of VAQ-136 at NAF Atsugi, Japan and aboard USS Independence (CV 62) and USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) from 1998 to 2001.
His Individual Augmentee (IA) tours include Joint CREW Composite Squadron One (JCCS-1) in Baghdad, Iraq as the assistant director of training from 2009 to 2010 and as future operations officer for COMUSNAVCENT, Bahrain from 2003 to 2005.
His shore tours include department head tour for HAVOC, the EA-18G Airborne Electronic Attack Weapons School, at the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center in Fallon, Nevada from 2016 to 2018; instructor tour with the EA-6B Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington from 2010 to 2011; Air Command and Staff College in Montgomery, Alabama earning a Masters of Military Science from 2005 to 2006; instructor tour with the EA-6B Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington from 2001 to 2003.
He has accumulated over 2500 hours in the EA-6B and EA-18G aircraft and 845 carrier arrestments. He holds eight personal decorations and numerous other citations.
Hardy assumed duties as commander of Fleet Activities Okinawa in February 2019.