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July 10, 2005|By PHILLIP MCGOWAN

J. Michael `Mike' Hayes

Occupation: Director for military and federal affairs for Maryland

In the news: Hayes, who looks after the interests of Maryland's military installations, has helped position Maryland for the base closure and realignment process. The Pentagon announced in May a proposal that would see Maryland gain a net of 6,600 military jobs, and Hayes is among officials making the case for the state's ability to accommodate the growing high-tech work force.

Career highlights: Hayes spent 37 years in the Marine Corps before retiring in 1999 as a brigadier general. He graduated with an economics degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1966 and was also commissioned that year. As an artillery officer, he commanded three units during two tours in Vietnam. He also led units in Quantico, Va.; Parris Island, S.C.; Okinawa, Japan; Camp Pendleton, Calif.; and Panama. He served in Operation Desert Storm and was named chief of staff of the II Marine Expeditionary Force. His decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart. He has worked on base closure and realignment issues for Maryland since leaving the military.

Personal: Hayes, 61, a native of Milwaukee, lives in Virginia with his wife. They have two adult children.

Philosophy: "People should feel strongly about our national defense."

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