|Jack W. Bergman|
United States Marine Corps|
Rhode Island National Guard
|Years of service||1969-present|
Mobilization Station, Chicago
II MEF Augmentation Command Element
Marine Forces Reserve
Marine Forces North
Jack W. Bergman is a retired United States Marine Corps lieutenant general who served as commanding general of Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Forces North. He also served as a naval aviator, flying rotary-winged aircraft such as the CH-46, T-28, and UH-1, as well as fixed wing aircraft such as the KC-130.
Early life and education
Bergman received his undergraduate degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1969. He earned an M.B.A. degree from the University of West Florida. His formal military education includes Naval Aviation Flight Training, Amphibious Warfare, Command & Staff, Landing Force Staff Planning (MEB & ACE), Reserve Component National Security, Naval War College Strategy & Policy, Syracuse University National Security Seminar, Combined Forces Air Component Command, LOGTECH, and CAPSTONE.
Bergman was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps Reserve in 1969 under the Platoon Leader School program after his college gradation.
He flew CH-46 helicopters with HMM-261 at Marine Corps Air Station, New River, North Carolina and with HMM-164 in Okinawa, Japan and the Republic of Vietnam. Assigned as a flight instructor, he flew the T-28 with VT-6, NAS Whiting Field, Florida. He left active duty in 1975 and flew UH-1 helicopters with the Rhode Island National Guard, Quonset Point, Rhode Island. Following a 1978 civilian employment transfer to Chicago, Illinois, he served in several 4th Marine Aircraft Wing units at NAS Glenview, Illinois. (HML-776, flying the UH-1; VMGR-234, flying the KC-130; and Mobilization Training Unit IL-1). He was selected to stand up the second KC-130 squadron in 4th MAW and, in 1988, became the first Commanding Officer, VMGR-452, Stewart ANGB, Newburgh, New York. From 1992-1994 he commanded Mobilization Station, Chicago — the largest of the 47 Marine Corps Mobilization Stations.
During 1995, he served as a Special Staff Officer at Marine Corps Reserve Support Command, Overland Park, Kansas. In 1996, he became Chief of Staff/Deputy Commander, I Marine Expeditionary Force Augmentation Command Element, Camp Pendleton, California. In late 1997, he transferred to 4th Marine Aircraft Wing Headquarters, New Orleans, Louisiana to serve as Assistant Chief of Staff/G-1. Promoted to Brigadier General, he became Deputy Commander, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing.
Transferred in June 1998 to Headquarters, Marine Forces Europe, Stuttgart, Germany, he served as Deputy Commander. Recalled to active duty from April to July 1999, he was dual-hatted as EUCOM, Deputy J-3A. He then commanded II Marine Expeditionary Force Augmentation Command Element, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina until assuming command of 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, New Orleans, Louisiana in August 2000. In September 2002, he assumed command of the 4th Force Service Support Group, New Orleans, Louisiana. He, also, served as Chairman of the Secretary of the Navy’s Marine Corps Reserve Policy Board from 2001 to 2003.
Returning to active duty in October 2003, he served as Director, Reserve Affairs, Quantico, Virginia. He began his final assignment, command of Marine Forces Reserve/Marine Forces North, on 10 June 2005. He relinquished that command in October 2009, and retired from active duty in December of that year.
Awards and decorations
Bergman's military awards include:
Medals and ribbons
- This article incorporates text in the public domain from the United States Marine Corps.
- "Official Biography:Lieutenant General John W. Bergman". Biographies: General Officers & Senior Executives. Manpower & Reserve Affairs, United States Marine Corps. https://slsp.manpower.usmc.mil/gosa/biographies/rptBiography.asp?PERSON_ID=112&PERSON_TYPE=General. Retrieved 12 November 2012.
- "Commander's Biography: Lieutenant General John W. Bergman". Marine Forces Reserve. United States Marine Corps. http://www.marforres.usmc.mil/mfrhq/cmfrbio.asp. Retrieved 2009-01-07.
- Bergman, John W. (30 March 2006). "Statement of Lieutenant General Jack W. Bergman, United States Marine Corps Reserve, Commander, Marine Forces Reserve, before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Personnel Subcommittee" (PDF). http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/library/congress/2006_hr/060330-bergman.pdf.. Retrieved 7 January 2009.
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