Governor Cooper Appoints Smith Anderson Attorney David Hayden to North Carolina Military Affairs Commission

Retired United States Army Colonel and Smith Anderson Attorney David Hayden has been appointed by Governor Cooper to serve as a Commissioner of the North Carolina Military Affairs Commission (NC MAC). NC MAC seeks to lead the coordination and planning for protecting military installations, improving quality of life and encouraging military-related economic growth in North Carolina through the involvement and interface between Commission members, installation commanders, community leaders, state and federal agencies, and other associated organizations.

David’s two-year term began on November 28 with his swearing-in ceremony, administered by North Carolina Supreme Court Associate Justice Michael Morgan. David shared the ceremony with State Representative Grier Martin, who was sworn in as the Chair of NC MAC. The two served in Afghanistan together from 2002–2003.

“David’s dedication as a voice for military installations in North Carolina is commendable,” said Smith Anderson Managing Partner Gerald Roach. “Smith Anderson’s commitment to the military is a cornerstone of our firm’s culture. David’s exemplary work personifies our firm’s tradition of military service and support for our veterans and employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserves, as well as serving on military committees and providing funding of charities that benefit veteran and military causes. David’s leadership will positively impact the Commission.”

David served as both an Engineer and Judge Advocate Generals (JAG) Corps Officer in the United States Army during a 29 year active military career. He also served on the Joint Staff in the Pentagon, participating in many federal government interagency panels and working groups. David brought his extensive experience in government contracting, corporate investigations and employment law to Smith Anderson in 2011, where he advises companies, and their directors and officers, on corporate governance matters and other general corporate and business matters. He also continues to serve North Carolina veterans through his participation and board membership in nonprofit organizations such as the North Carolina Heroes Fund and Veterans Life Center, a first-of-its-kind facility.

For over a century Smith Anderson has led the way in service and support to our military. The firm has been recognized with several awards in recognition of this support, including receiving the Department of Defense’s “Pro Patria” Award – the highest state level award given by the agency in recognition of military support.

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