Capt. Sean P. Haley graduated with merit from the United States Naval Academy in 1992. He was designated a naval aviator in 1994 and reported to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 40 (HSL-40) in Mayport, Florida, for training in the SH-60B.
Haley’s first operational assignment was with HSL-48 “Vipers” in Mayport. He deployed with detachments aboard USS San Jacinto (CG 56) and USS Normandy (CG 60) where he served as assistant detachment operations and maintenance officer. Ashore, he served as squadron legal officer, assistant administration and assistant operations officer. During this tour, he was recognized as the 1998 Squadron Pilot of the Year.
In 1999, Haley reported to the “Airwolves” of HSL-40 as a SH-60B instructor pilot. While assigned, he served as the avionics/armament division officer and quality assurance officer. In 2000, he was recognized as the squadron Pilot of the Year.
In May 2001, Haley reported to Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center at NAS Fallon, Nevada, for training as a Seahawk weapons and tactics instructor (SWTI). Following graduation, Haley returned to the HSL-48 for duties as the squadron SWTI where he assisted in the design and development of a tactical on-line detachment training system. Following this assignment, he reported to Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Alabama, where he completed phase one of his Joint Professional Military Education.
In September 2003, Haley reported to the “Grandmasters” of HSL-46 for his department head tour. He served as the Detachment Two officer in charge aboard USS Spruance (DD 963) and completed a deployment to the Arabian Gulf with the USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) Carrier Strike Group. Ashore, he served as squadron maintenance officer and safety officer and was recognized as the 2005 Squadron Officer of the Year.
From November 2005 until March 2008, Haley served as an action officer in the Joint Operations Division, Current Operations Directorate (J-3) of the Joint Staff in Washington, D.C. While assigned, he spearheaded the transfer of operations in Afghanistan from U.S. to NATO control under the International Security Assistance Force and aligned worldwide NATO operations with the Global Force Management system.
In November 2008, he reported to HSL-44 as executive officer and assumed command of the World Famous “Swamp Foxes” in March 2010. While in command, the squadron relocated to NAS Jacksonville and transitioned to the MH-60R; achieving full operational certification six months ahead of schedule. In 2010, the squadron was awarded the Golden Wrench for maintenance excellence and he was recognized by his peers as the Naval Air Forces 2010 Navy and Marine Corps Leadership Award recipient.
From July 2011 until April 2013, Haley was assigned as the sensors, anti-submarine warfare, aviation and directed energy branch head in the Surface Warfare Directorate (N96) on the OPNAV staff. In May 2013, he transferred to the OPNAV Air Warfare Directorate (N98) serving as the multi-mission branch head and MH-60R requirements officer until his detachment in January 2015. In February 2015, Haley reported to NAS Jacksonville, Florida as executive officer, and in August 2016 became the installation’s 47th commanding officer. In April 2018, Haley assumed his current position as Chief of Staff for Navy Region Southeast.
Haley is also a graduate of Joint Forces Staff College and has accumulated more than 3,000 total flight hours. His personal awards include the Legion of Merit (two awards), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), the Air Medal (strike/flight), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards) and various other unit commendations.