Hayden to Head Up MOAA’s Government Relations Department and Elected to Co-chair the Military Coalition

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Retired USAF Col. Mike Hayden has been named the new Director of Government Relations for the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) and was unanimously elected as co-chair of The Military Coalition (TMC.)

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Retired USAF Col. Mike Hayden, Director, MOAA Government Relations

Mike is well versed in all aspects of MOAA’s operations and is extremely knowledgeable about military personnel issues,” Vice Adm. Norb Ryan, Jr. said.

Retired USAF Col. Mike Hayden has been named Director of Government Relations for the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) and was unanimously elected as co-chair of The Military Coalition (TMC.) He succeeds retired USAF Col. Steve Strobridge as both director of MOAA government relations and co-chairman of TMC. Strobridge retired from MOAA in April 2013.

“This transition has been in the works for MOAA for quite some time,” MOAA President Vice Adm. Norb Ryan, Jr., said. “Mike is well versed in all aspects of MOAA’s operations and is extremely knowledgeable about military personnel issues.”

Hayden spent his last five years on active duty at the Pentagon as chief of the Military Personnel Policy Division, HQ USAF, and as chief, Personnel Services Division, for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. As the Military Personnel Policy Division Chief, his team developed and implemented the one-year drawdown of over 24,000 airmen. In the latter position, he worked with MOAA in winning Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) coverage for survivors of service members killed on active duty.

Since joining the MOAA lobbying team in July 2005, Hayden has led the charge on active duty and retired compensation issues, successfully championing restoration of military pay comparability and fending off inappropriate military retirement changes. For the last seven years, he’s served as co-chair of The Military Coalition’s Retired Affairs Committee.

Most recently, he authored an in-depth article in the November issue of Military Officer magazine (“Will Your Military Pay and Benefits Break the Bank?”) debunking the myth that personnel and health costs are exploding and unaffordable.

Hayden will serve as co-chair of TMC with Joseph L. Barnes, National Executive Director of the Fleet Reserve Association. TMC is comprised of 34 organizations representing more than 5.5 million members of the uniformed services--active, reserve, retired, survivors, veterans--and their families.

About MOAA:
Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) is the nation’s largest officers association with more than 380,000 members from every branch of service, including active duty, retired, National Guard, Reserve, and former officers and their families and survivors. MOAA is a nonprofit and politically nonpartisan organization and an influential force in promoting a strong national defense. MOAA represents the interests of service members and their families in every stage of their lives and careers, and for those who are not eligible to join MOAA, Voices for America’s Troops is a nonprofit MOAA affiliate that supports a strong national defense. For more information, visit http://www.moaa.org or http://www.voicesfortroops.org/.

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