Admiral Hayward’s Navy career was established with the US involvement in WWII, commencing from 1943 to 1982. He enlisted in 1943 as naval air cadet to become a fighter pilot, training that was interrupted by an opportunity to attend the Naval Academy from which he graduated in 1947. After serving as a carrier engineering officer for two years, he returned to flying to earn his Navy Wings, subsequently flying 146 combat missions in the Korean War. Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and 13 Air Medals. Was a US Navy test pilot during early 1950s. As a Captain, he commanded a carrier air group during the Vietnam War, flying 38 combat missions before commanding aircraft carrier USS America in Vietnam operations. Awarded Legion of Merit. Commanded US Seventh Fleet; US Pacific Fleet; and closed military career as Chief of Naval Operations and member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Award two Navy Distinguished Service Medals and two Defense Distinguished Service Medals.
Admiral Hayward holds a Bachelor of Science from the US Naval Academy and Master of Science from George Washington University. Recognized by the Naval Academy with Distinguished Graduate Award in 2007. Served as Vice Chairman of Pacific Forum/CSIS. Member of Council on Foreign Relations and World Affairs Council and numerous professional organizations. Was Chairman of Stanford Research Institute, Chairman of the Ethics Resource Center, Chairman of the Hawaii High Technology Development Corporation and member of several prominent boards of directors, both private and public.
After leaving the Navy in 1982, Admiral Hayward pursued two major priorities: education and national security affairs. He is co-founder of four education companies, primarily focused on reading, math and distance learning. He remains current on foreign affairs as they affect national security, and is frequently asked to provide input regarding maritime strategy issues.
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