COL “Mike” Haggard, raised in Pelion, South Carolina, earned his commission from the United States Military Academy in 1993 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. His education also includes a Master’s Degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of South Carolina and a Master’s Degree in National Security Studies from the National Defense University.
Originally assigned as a Signal Corps Officer, he served in the 40th Signal Battalion, 11th Signal Brigade from 1994 to 1998 in various company-level leadership positions and brigade staff positions. During this time, COL Haggard reported to the European Command (EUCOM) in Stuttgart, Germany in support of Operation Joint Guard.
After Ft Huachuca, COL Haggard served in Ft Lewis, WA as the Brigade Signal Officer for 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, the 29th Signal Battalion Assistant S3 and Commander, Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC). After company command, he was selected into Functional Area 24 (Information Systems Engineer) and the Army Civil Schooling program.
Upon completing graduate school, COL Haggard reported to the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Joint Staff Support Center (JSSC), where he worked as a Global Command and Control Systems (GCCS) Management Officer and a Senior Communications Watch Officer (SCWO) in the National Military Command Center (NMCC). In 2006, COL Haggard reported to 5th Signal Command in Mannheim, Germany where he served as the Operations Officer in the European Theater Network Operations and Security Center (E-TNOSC).
In 2009, COL Haggard deployed with the 7th Signal Brigade to Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan where he was the Director of the first Joint Network Operations (NETOPS) Control Center – Afghanistan (JNCC-A). He was then selected to be the Director of the Continental United States (CONUS) Theater Network Operations and Security Center (C-TNOSC) in Fort Huachuca, AZ.
In 2013, COL Haggard held the position as the Chief of the Infrastructure Branch in the Department of the Army, Chief Information Officer/G6 (CIO/G6), where he was responsible for developing requirements for and resourcing the Army’s networking infrastructure.
Following his assignment as the CIO/G6, COL Haggard attended the Eisenhower School of the National Defense University, which he graduated prior to his assignment as the DISA-Africa Command (AFRICOM) Field Office (FO) Commander in Stuttgart, Germany.
COL Haggard has culminated his more than 28 years of service as the Chief, National & Nuclear Command, Control & Communications Division, Joint Staff J36 where he oversaw Joint Staff Policy for National and Nuclear Command, Control, & Communications and served as the JS J3 representative on multiple Global Command and Control Councils. He was also the JS J3 representative for the Joint All Domain Command and Control efforts.
He is married to his wife of 25 years, Traci from Aiken, SC. They have a daughter, Madison who currently attends the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.