Retired Major Harl is a graduate of the U.S. Army Infantry School, the Air Force Squadron Officer School and the Air Command and Staff College.
Major Van Harl USAF Ret. was a career Police Officer in the U.S. Air Force. He was born in Burlington, Iowa, USA, in 1955. He was the Deputy Chief of police at two Air Force Bases and the Commander of Law Enforcement Operations at another. Major Harl is a graduate of the U.S. Army Infantry School, the Air Force Squadron Officer School and the Air Command and Staff College. After retiring from the Air Force he was a state police officer in Nevada. He was a member of the Crime Scene Investigation Unit for the City of Wichita Falls, Texas, Police Department. He is a retired Colorado Ranger. He taught Air Force Junior ROTC at a high school in Mississippi.
Major Harl has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a Masters degree in Education. He was an instructor and course supervisor at the Air Force Police Academy.
He enjoys camping, traveling, volunteering with the Cudahy WI police department and writing. He writes articles, poetry, and has a published, children's story. .
Major Harl's father was career Navy. Major Harl is retired Air Force and his wife is a retired Air Force Medical Officer. Because of this, he had been on the move all his life. He has lived on or near military bases his entire life, until now. He currently lives in Milwaukee County Wisconsin with his wife Col. Dawn Harl USAF NC, daughter Felicity and two dogs.