Curtis D. Haggard attended the University of Nevada at Las Vegas and graduated from the University of the State of New York in Albany, New York with a Bachelor of Science degree, and from the Valdosta State University Graduate School in Valdosta, Georgia with a Master of Public Administration degree, where he was the 1993 Graduate Student of the Year. He also graduated with Military Honors from the Navy Senior Enlisted Academy in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1995.
After two years in the Gaming industry in Las Vegas, he reported to Basic Training in San Diego, California. Upon completion of Electronics Technician ‘A’ School at Great Lakes, Illinois he returned to San Diego for a six-month tour as a radar technician aboard the destroyer USS JOHN R. CRAIG (DD 885). He next reported to the Naval Nuclear Power School in Orlando, Florida and then to the Nautilus reactor plant Prototype in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
Curt arrived in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii for duty in Reactor Controls Division aboard USS TAUTOG (SSN 639). He completed deployments to the Western Pacific, Eastern Pacific, and Indian Oceans and to the North Pole. He qualified Engineering Watch Supervisor, Engineering Duty Petty Officer and Reactor Operator.
Instructor duty followed at the TRIDENT Prototype in Ballston Spa, New York where he qualified Engineering Officer of the Watch and Engineering Duty Officer, certified Master Training Specialist, and advanced to Chief Petty Officer.
He next reported to the initial manning of the Pre-Commissioning Unit PENNSYLVANIA at the Electric Boat Shipyard in Groton, Connecticut. The USS PENNSYLVANIA (SSBN 735) commissioned in New London, Connecticut and he arrived with the Blue Crew in Kings Bay, Georgia. Curt completed a five-year tour in PENNSYLVANIA, including three Strategic Deterrent Patrols.
His next assignment was to the TRIDENT Training Facility in Kings Bay, where he qualified Command Duty Officer. He was the Reactor Controls Division Officer and Electronics Technician Maintenance School Supervisor in the Engineering Training Department.
Curt reported to USS HYMAN G. RICKOVER (SSN 709), homeported in Norfolk, Virginia, where he was the Engineering Department Master Chief. He completed two Operational Reactor Safeguards Examinations, two Tactical Readiness Evaluations and an extended deployment to the North Atlantic.
Curt is currently a Senior Calibration Program Coordinator with in Springfield, Virginia. He coordinates calibration support for the U.S. and U.K. submarine fleets for the Navy’s Strategic Systems Programs (SSP).
Curt served on the Boards of Directors for the U.S. Naval Institute (1999-2002), the National Capital Area Chapter (NCAC) of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) (2000-2003), the Northern Virginia Chapter of the U.S. Submarine Veterans, Inc. (USSVI) (2003-2004), and “The Goatlocker,” a Professional Society (2003). He is also a member of the American Legion.
He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (3 awards), Battle Efficiency Ribbon (4), Navy Good Conduct Medal (6), Navy Expeditionary Medal (2), National Defense Service Medal (2), Sea Service Ribbon, Arctic Service Ribbon (2), Navy Expert Pistol Medal, Enlisted Submarine Warfare Device (Dolphins) and Ballistic Missile Submarine Patrol Pin (3).
In 1982, Curt married the former Joni Flegal of Plainwell, Michigan who graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Arts degree. They Live in Stafford, Virginia and have two sons – Robert and Randall.