General Michael W. Hagee, 33rd Commandant of the Marine Corps (2003–2006)
December 1, 1944 |
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Marine Corps|
|Years of service||1968–2007|
|Commands held||1st Battalion 8th Marines
1st Marine Division
1st Marine Division
1st Marine Expeditionary Force
Commandant of the Marine Corps
|Awards||Defense Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit (3)
National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal
General Michael W. Hagee (born December 1, 1944) was the 33rd Commandant of the United States Marine Corps (2003–2006), succeeding James L. Jones on January 13, 2003. He stepped down as Commandant two months before the end of his four-year term, and was succeeded by General James T. Conway on November 13, 2006. On that date, Hagee had his retirement ceremony just prior to the change of command ceremony. Hagee retired from the Marine Corps on January 1, 2007.
Hagee was born in Hampton, Virginia in 1944. He graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1968 with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and was a classmate of Oliver North, Charles Bolden, Jim Webb and Michael Mullen. He also holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. He is a graduate of the Command and Staff College and the U.S. Naval War College. In 2004, he was honored with the Naval War College Distinguished Graduate Leadership Award.
His father, Robert L. Hagee, served as a U.S. Navy pilot in World War II and, in the summer of 2009, was awarded a plaque at the Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site, now known as the National Museum of the Pacific War (formerly Nimitz Museum) in Fredericksburg, Texas. He and his wife Silke, daughter of the German Air Force brigadier general Werner Boie, have two children.
|Platoon Commander, Company A, 1st Battalion 9th Marines||1970|
|Commanding Officer, Company A and H&S Company, 1st Battalion 1st Marines||1970–1971|
|Communications-Electronics Officer, Marine Air Command and Control Squadron 1||1971|
|Assistant Director, Telecommunications School||1972–1974|
|Commanding Officer, Waikele-West Loch Guard Company||1974–1976|
|Commanding Officer, Pearl Harbor Guard Company||1976–1977|
|Training Officer, 3rd Marine Division||1977–1978|
|Electrical Engineering Instructor, United States Naval Academy||1978–1981|
|Head, Officer Plans Section, Headquarters Marine Corps||1982–1986|
|Assistant Chief of Staff, G-1, 2nd Marine Division||1987–1988|
|Executive Officer, 8th Marine Regiment||1988|
|Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion 8th Marines||1988–1990|
|Director Humanities and Social Science Division/Marine Corps Representative, United States Naval Academy||1990–1992|
|Commanding Officer, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit||1992–1993|
|Liaison Officer to the U.S. Special Envoy to Somalia||1992–1993|
|Executive Assistant to the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps||1993–1994|
|Director, Character Development Division, United States Naval Academy||1994–1995|
|Senior Military Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense||1995–1996|
|Executive Assistant to the Director of Central Intelligence||1995–1996|
|Deputy Director of Operations, Headquarters, United States European Command||1996–1998|
|Commanding General, 1st Marine Division||1998–1999|
|Director Strategic Plans and Policy, United States Pacific Command||1999–2000|
|Commanding General, I Marine Expeditionary Force||2000–2002|
|Commandant of the Marine Corps||2003–2006|
Awards and decorations
|1st Row||Defense Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster||Defense Superior Service Medal||Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge|
|2nd Row||Legion of Merit w/ 2 award stars||Bronze Star w/ valor device||Defense Meritorious Service Medal||Meritorious Service Medal w/ 1 award star|
|3rd Row||Navy Achievement Medal w/ 1 award star||Combat Action Ribbon||Joint Meritorious Unit Award w/ 2 oak leaf clusters||Meritorious Unit Commendation w/ 1 service star|
|4th Row||National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal||National Defense Service Medal w/ 2 service stars||Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal||Vietnam Service Medal w/ 3 service stars|
|5th Row||Southwest Asia Service Medal w/ 1 service star||Sea Service Deployment Ribbon w/ 2 service stars||Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon w/ 1 service star||French Legion of Honor|
|6th Row||Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation||Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation||Vietnam Campaign Medal||Kuwait Liberation Medal|
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Michael W. Hagee.|
- "Conway becomes Marine Corps Commandant". Stars and Stripes. November 13, 2006. Retrieved November 13, 2006.
- "Hagee retires, Conway appointed 34th commandant". Marine Corps News (United States Marine Corps). November 13, 2006. Archived from the original on November 15, 2006. Retrieved November 13, 2006.
- Public Directory of: U.S. Marine Corps General Officers & Senior Executives (December 6, 2006), Senior Leader Management Branch (MMSL), Manpower & Reserve Affairs, United States Marine Corps. Retrieved on December 6, 2006. MS Word document.
- "Official Biography: General Michael W. Hagee". United States Marine Corps. January 2007. Retrieved January 12, 2007.
- "Silke Hagee helps families cope with deployments". Stars and Stripes. March 4, 2003.
- This article incorporates text in the public domain from the United States Marine Corps.
- "General Michael W. Hagee, USMC (Retired)". Who's Who in Marine Corps History. Marine Corps History Division. Retrieved October 28, 2009.
- "33rd Commandant of the Marine Corps (Official biography)". United States Marine Corps. Archived from the original on June 15, 2006. Retrieved June 6, 2006.
- Lowe, Christian (September 26, 2006). "Hagee to step down November 13". Marine Corps Times. Retrieved October 2, 2006.
- "Official Biography:General Michael W. Hagee – Retired, 33rd Commandant of the Marine Corps". Biographies: General Officers & Senior Executives. Manpower & Reserve Affairs, United States Marine Corps. Retrieved October 28, 2009.
- Elaine M. Grossman (June 9, 2006). "Top Marine's Retirement". The InsideDefense.com NewsStand. m InsideDefense.com. Retrieved October 9, 2006.
Gen James L. Jones
|Commandant of the United States Marine Corps
Gen James T. Conway