Lieutenant Colonel Mark E. Hayden entered military service as an enlisted soldier in the South Carolina Army National Guard in 1983. He later entered the ROTC program at Clemson University and was commissioned an officer in the Regular Army. He serviced for five years on active duty and during that time he fought in the 1990/91 Persian Gulf War. Hayden entered the Army Reserves at the start of the Global War on Terrorism and serviced in combat roles during Operation Iraqi Freedom where he earned the Bronze Star Medal. Currently he serves as an instructor for the Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, with its’ satellite course at Ft. Bragg, NC.