Arlie Haddix is the Chief Operating Officer at Operation Stand Down Tennessee. Prior to assuming his current role as Chief Operations Officer, Arlie was the organization’s Career Services Program Manager. As the Career Services Program Manager, Arlie led the career services team that conducts resume, networking and interview preparation for Veterans, makes networking connections for them and then guides Veterans through their individual career transitions
Arlie is a retired United States Air Force intelligence analyst with extensive special operations experience. A former flight, squadron and group commander, he has led small teams and large teams in multiple dynamic, complex, high-risk and high-stakes environments.
After 22 years of service and 13 deployments, Arlie retired from the Air Force in 2014, re-located to Nashville and began Vanderbilt's MBA program. He completed the MBA program in 2016 and began working with an MBA classmate on her start-up called GPS 911. GPS-911 converts the ballistic vests worn by first responders into smart devices capable of determining if the first responder is in jeopardy and then notifying 911 operations centers of the first responder’s condition and location. Arlie led the initial GPS 911 prototype development effort which resulted in two successful field tests of the proof of concept in 2017.
Arlie started at Operation Stand Down Tennessee in early 2018 and continues his passion – helping other Veterans transition into civilian life. Since then, Arlie has also continued his professional development by obtaining Project Management Professional, Senior Professional of Human Resources and Six Sigma certifications.
Arlie is active with the Nashville Chapter of the Project Management Institute, the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management, the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America and the Air Force Academy’s Association of Graduates (Arlie is a graduate of the Air Force Academy).