Commander, United States Marine Corps Forces, Korea
A native of Pompano Beach, Florida, MajGen Hedelund received his
bachelor’s degree from Florida Atlantic University and was commissioned a
Second Lieutenant in April 1983. He was designated an unrestricted
Naval Aviator in May 1985.
As a CH46E pilot, MajGen Hedelund has deployed overseas with HMM-264
(1985-1988), HMM-365 (1991-1994) and HMM-162 (2001-2003). He was a Basic
and Advanced Helicopter Flight Instructor at Helicopter Training
Squadron 18 at NAS Whiting Field from 1989-1991. MajGen Hedelund served
as a CH46E Instructor and Assault Support Department Head at Marine
Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1) in Yuma, AZ
MajGen Hedelund is a distinguished graduate of The Basic School and
Marine Corps Command and Staff College. He attended the Air War College,
Montgomery, AL during the 2004 academic year and has also attended the
Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, VA.
Command assignments include Commanding Officer, Headquarters Squadron,
Marine Aircraft Group 29, MCAS New River in 2000. In 2001, he assumed
command of HMM-162. The Golden Eagles deployed with Marine Aircraft
Group 29 in support of major offensive combat operations during
Operation IRAQI FREEDOM from January to May 2003. MajGen Hedelund also
served as the Commanding Officer, MAWTS-1 from July 2006 to June 2008.
From August 2009 to February 2011 MajGen Hedelund was Commanding
General, Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory; serving concurrently as
the Vice Chief of Naval Research at the Office of Naval Research (ONR).
MajGen Hedelund most recently commanded the 2d Marine Aircraft Wing from
May 2013 to June 2015.
Staff assignments include the Marine Corps Strategic Studies Group
serving the Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command
(1999). MajGen Hedelund has also served at US Joint Forces Command where
he was assigned to the Joint Warfighting Center/J7, responsible for
Joint Force Training and Exercise support for US Northern Command. He
reported to the Pentagon in July 2008 to serve as Military Assistant and
Marine Aide to the Secretary of the Navy and finished his tour there as
the Secretary’s Senior Military Assistant. From February 2011 to May
2013, MajGen Hedelund served as Director, Marine and Family Programs
Division (MF), M&RA, HQMC in Quantico, VA.
MajGen Hedelund reported to his current assignment as Commander, Marine
Forces Korea and UCJ-5, United Nations Command, Combined Forces
Command, U.S. Forces Korea in June of 2015.