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Michael Hagee
General Michael W. Hagee, 33rd Commandant of the Marine Corps (2003–2006)
Born December 1, 1944(1944-12-01) (age 78)
Place of birth Virginia[citation needed]
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch USMC logo.svg United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1968–2007
Rank US-O10 insignia.svg General
Commands held 1st Battalion 8th Marines
11th MEU
1st Marine Division
1st Marine Division
1st Marine Expeditionary Force
Commandant of the Marine Corps
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Cold War
Gulf War
Awards Defense Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit (3)
Bronze Star
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.[1] On that date, Hagee had his retirement ceremony just prior to the change of command ceremony.[2] Hagee retired from the Marine Corps on January 1, 2007.[3][4]

Hagee graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1968 with a Bachelor of Science in engineering. 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 is married to Silke, daughter of the German Air Force brigadier general Werner Boie,[5] and father of two children.


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Hagee's official portrait

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

Bronze oak leaf cluster
Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svg
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
1st Row Defense Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
2nd Row Defense Superior Service Medal Legion of Merit w/ 2 award stars Bronze Star w/ valor device Defense Meritorious Service Medal
3rd Row Meritorious Service Medal w/ 1 award star Navy Achievement Medal w/ 1 award star Combat Action Ribbon Joint Meritorious Unit Award w/ 2 oak leaf clusters
4th Row Meritorious Unit Commendation w/ 1service star National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal National Defense Service Medal w/ 2 service stars Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
5th Row Vietnam Service Medal w/ 3 service stars 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
6th Row Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation Vietnam Campaign Medal Kuwait Liberation Medal

See also



This article incorporates text in the public domain from the United States Marine Corps.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Gen James L. Jones
Commandant of the United States Marine Corps
Succeeded by
Gen James T. Conway

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