Cleve Van Haasteren was born and raised in Thomaston, Connecticut and graduated from Central Connecticut State University in 1980. Later that year, he was commissioned as an Ensign, Supply Corps at the U.S. Naval Officer Candidate School, Newport, RI.
Following commissioning, Cleve attended the Navy Supply Corps School at Athens, Georgia and reported for his first assignment at sea aboard USS CONNOLE (FF-1056). It was during this tour Cleve served under Captain Ed Nicholson, who later founded Project Healing Waters Flyfishing. He served in additional sea tours as Supply Officer, USS BOONE (FFG-28) and Assistant Supply Officer USS SIMON LAKE (AS-33).
Among his assignments ashore, Cleve earned master’s degrees from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey, California (1992) and the U.S. Naval War College at Newport, Rhode, Island (1997). His final assignment was as Supply Officer, U.S. Naval Submarine Base New London, Connecticut where he retired in August 2002 and returned to the Navy as the civilian labor budget manager for the Navy’s Northeast Region. After five years, he returned to the world of submarine logistics as manager of the spare reactor components inventory at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, Maine, where he is employed today.
Cleve is a life-long fly fisher, fly tier and upland bird hunter and has travelled extensively throughout North and South America in pursuit of these pastimes. From 2005-2009, he served as the first Regional Coordinator (New England) for Project Healing Waters Flyfishing and then in various volunteer roles until being elected to the PHWFF Board of Trustees and Treasurer in March of 2015.
Cleve resides in South Berwick, Maine and has one daughter, Kayla, who is a U.S. Army officer stationed at Fort Hood, Texas.