Mr. Haraldsen is a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel and an Engility Corporation Senior Military Science Instructor. Engility’s mission is to enhance and support the United States Army Cadet Command’s mission of recruiting, training, and commissioning the Army's future leaders at colleges and universities across the country.
Mr. Haraldsen is a native of Wisconsin, and a graduate of Sturgeon Bay High School in Door County. After high school he worked both as a pipefitter in a shipyard and as a lead-man in seafood processing plant before attending college at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (UWO). He was commissioned through UWO Army ROTC in the Air Defense Artillery and served his initial assignment as a Stinger and Vulcan platoon leader with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
After reassignment to Aviation Branch and completion of Initial Entry Rotor Wing Training, Mr. Haraldsen served as an Aeroweapons Platoon Leader (AH-1 Cobra) with the 5/17th Cavalry Squadron in the Republic of Korea, followed by a transition to the AH-64 Apache and duties as a S1 (Adjutant), S2 (Intelligence Officer), Attack Company Commander, Battalion Operations Officer (S3) and Battalion Executive Officer in the 1-101st Aviation Regiment (Attack) and Brigade Operations Officer (S3) of the 101st Aviation Brigade (Attack) in the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).
Mr. Haraldsen then served as a United Nations (UN) Military Observer and Chief Aviation Support Officer for the UN Iraq-Kuwait Observation Mission (UNIKOM) in Umm Qasr, Iraq. Upon the initiation of Operation Iraqi Freedom Mr. Haraldsen rejoined the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) as the Chief of the Command Planning Group and Liaison Officer to CJTF-7 in Baghdad. After redeployment of the 101st Mr. Haraldsen assumed command of 4-3rd Assault Helicopter Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division, and subsequently deployed the battalion in support of combat operations in Iraq. After battalion command he served as the Chief of the Training Support Branch and Program Manager of Iraqi Key Leader Training (IKLT) at the NATO Joint Warfare Centre in Stavanger, Norway. Mr. Haraldsen retired from the U.S. Army in 2009.
Mr. Haraldsen was dual-tracked as an Aviation and Foreign Area Officer, a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the Royal Norwegian Armed Forces Staff College, the Combined Arms Services and Staff School, the Aviation Officer Advance Course, the Air Defense Artillery Officers Basic Course, Airborne, Pathfinder and Air Assault Schools, and qualified in the UH-1 Iroquois, UH-60 Blackhawk, AH-1 Cobra and AH-64 Apache.
Mr. Haraldsen holds a Master of Science degree from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Science degree (Summa Cum Laude) from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
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