Thomas B. Hayward
Admiral Thomas B. Hayward is a former Chief of Naval Operations; Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet; and member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He is also a policy advisor to The Heartland Institute.
Admiral Thomas B. Hayward retired in 1982 from the United States Navy as Chief of Naval Operations and member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. His 39-year military career included extensive combat in Korea and Vietnam as a carrier aviator, being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and 13 Air Medals. In early 1950s he was a Navy Test Pilot. During the Vietnam War, he was commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS America, and later served as Commander of the United States Seventh Fleet and Commander in Chief of the United States Pacific Fleet.
In “retirement,” Adm. Hayward became involved in public education initiatives, convinced that the private sector could and should help find solutions to the failing education system of the country. Accordingly, in 1994 he co-founded and was vice chairman of Voyager Expanded Learning, a highly successful educational services company focused primarily on reading excellence for at-risk students.
Adm. Hayward’s involvement with global warming issues evolved over the past decade from believing ethanol was a sensible idea to coming to recognize that serious distortions were being promulgated to the detriment of national priorities. He has been active in challenging the Department of Defense climate change policies and expenditures. Along with Edward S. Briggs and Donald K. Forbes, Adm. Hayward is the author of Climate Change, Energy Policy, and National Power, published by The Heartland Institute in 2014.