General Michael W. Hagee, USMC (Ret.), president and CEO of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation, will be the featured guest at the Navy League of the United States Fleet Admiral Nimitz Council’s Distinguished Speakers Dinner March 4 in the Nimitz Museum Ballroom in Fredericksburg beginning at 6 p.m.
The topic of General Hagee’s remarks will be "Today’s Navy-Marine Corps Team."
General Hagee was the 33
rd Commandant of the United States Marine Corps and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from January 13, 2003 until November 13, 2006. He retired from active duty on January 1, 2007 after 39 years of service to the Marine Corps.
General Hagee graduated from Fredericksburg High School in 1963. He joined the Navy briefly before receiving an appointment to the United States Naval Academy. He graduated from Annapolis with distinction in 1968, and was commissioned as a Marine infantry officer.
He holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the Naval Academy, 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.
During his nearly four decades of active duty service, Hagee held numerous command assignments including platoon, company, and battalion commands as well as tours as the Commanding Officer, 11
th Marine Expeditionary Unit; Commanding General, 1st Marine Division; and Commanding General, 1st
Marine Expeditionary Force before succeeding General James L. Jones as Commandant.
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 as a 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.
General Hagee is an independent counsultant to corporate executives and business leaders and he sits on the Boards of several American and international companies. He is also a member of the U.S. Department of Defense Science Board. He participates in numerous educational, civic, and charitable organizations.
In January 2009, General Hagee succeeded the late RADM Charles Grojean as the president and CEO of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation.
The dinner March 4 will begin with a social hour at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. General Hagee will speak beginning at 8 p.m.
Tickets for this special event will be $30 per person and seating will be limited. A very small number of corporate tables of eight are also available. The deadline for making reservations is February 26. The dinner will be catered by My Own Chef Catering of Fredericksburg.
To make reservations or inquire about corporate tables, please call Nimitz Council president Barry Smith at 997-5862, evenings after 6 p.m.