About General Michael Hagee Bio
General Michael Hagee Bio
General Michael Hagee joined the U.S. Navy in 1963 and received a commission in the U.S. Marine Corps as an infantry officer upon graduation from the United States Naval Academy in 1968. He retired as Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps at the end of 2006.
During almost 39 years of service as a Marine, he held numerous command assignments that included platoon, company, battalion, Marine expeditionary unit, division and Marine expeditionary force. His staff positions included operations, training teaching and manpower billets as well as executive assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense and executive assistant to the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
General Hagee’s other joint assignments included policy and operational responsibilities at the unified command level, liaison to the Presidential Envoy to Somalia and member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
His military service took him to a wide variety of countries in every area of the world. Besides serving tours in Japan and Germany, he deployed to and operated in the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, the Western Pacific, Northern Europe, Korea, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia and Southeast Asia. He has interacted with senior military and civilian leaders throughout the world.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, a masters degree in electrical engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and a masters degree in national security studies from the U.S. Naval War College.
General Hagee’s U.S. awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal with two palms, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with two Gold Stars, Bronze Star with Combat “V”, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star, Navy Achievement Medal with Gold Star, the Combat Action Ribbon and the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal; and personal decorations from France, Japan, Colombia, Mexico and Spain.
He is currently a director on several boards of directors of major U.S. companies and non-profit organizations. He also provides advice to the senior leadership of several other U.S. companies.
“General Hagee is a Marine’s Marine….From the fire-swept rice paddies of Vietnam to Operation Iraqi Freedom, his keen vision and steadfast leadership have set the standard for future generations of Marines….a courageous leader whose discerning wisdom and deep sense of duty have been a linchpin to the security of this Nation during a truly challenging time – we have been fortunate in having him as the Commandant of the our Corps of Marines.” Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson, Texas, Senate Floor Speech 29 September 2006.
Known for his high ethical standards and dynamic leadership, he personally developed a four-year Character Development Program at the U.S. Naval Academy at the direction of the Secretary of the Navy. (1994)
General Mike Hagee USMC (Ret) is available to address audiences at select speaking engagements. General Hagee specializes in topics such as Leadership, Mentoring, Team Building, Character Development, Ethics, and Military and National Security Policy