Colonel Haar is a pastor’s son from the Midwest, growing up in Minnesota and Kansas. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1991 and was promoted to Staff Sergeant before being commissioned in 1998. He was designated as a Combat Engineer Officer. He has commanded at the platoon, company (to include commanding an engineer company during Operation Iraqi Freedom 1), and commanded 1st Combat Engineer Battalion. He took command of Combat Logistics Regiment-3 on Okinawa in June of 2021.
As a graduate of the School of Advanced Warfighting, his planner assignments included MARCENT (FWD) in Bahrain where he was lead planner for JTF-NEO; Future Operations Planner for III Marine Expeditionary Force focused on Korea; lead planner for JTF-505 as it deployed to provide Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief to the people of the Philippines during Operation Damayan; and the US INDOPACOM East and Southeast Asia Contingency Plans Chief. His staff tours include Academics Officer and Officer Instructor at Marine Corps Engineer School, Small Group Leader at US Army Engineer School, Operations Officer for MEU Service Support Group 26 for an OIF deployment, Executive Officer of 9th Engineer Support Battalion for an OIF deployment, Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff G-3 for 3d Marine Logistics Group, and the Combat Engineer Proponent in PP&O.
Colonel Haar is a graduate of Expeditionary Warfare School, the US Army Engineer Captains Career Course, Marine Corps Command and Staff College, the School of Advanced Warfighting, and the National War College. He holds a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Kansas, a MS in Engineering Management from the Missouri University of Science and Technology, a MS in Operational Studies from the Marine Corps University, and a MS in Strategic Studies with a Long-Term Strategy from the National Defense University.
Colonel Haar’s personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with four gold stars, the Joint Commendation Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal with gold stars, the Navy Achievement Medal, the Humanitarian Assistance Medal, the Volunteer Service Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon.