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List of 1st Marine Aircraft Wing Commanders

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The 1st Marine Aircraft Wing is an aviation unit of the United States Marine Corps that serves as the Aviation Combat Element of the III Marine Expeditionary Force. The wing is headquartered at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma on the island of Okinawa, Japan. Activated in 1941, the wing has seen heavy combat operations during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

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Commanding GeneralsEdit

# Picture Name Rank Start End Notes Notability Ref
1   WoodsLouis E. Woods O-04 Lieutenant Colonel July 7, 1941 August 20, 1941 Veteran Guadalcanal Campaign, veteran Okinawa Campaign, Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire; Commanding General, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing [1][2]
2   GeigerRoy S. Geiger O-04 Colonel August 20, 1941 April 21, 1943 Navy Cross Medal; Commanding General Fleet Marine Force, Pacific [1][3]
3   MitchellRalph J. Mitchell O-04 Major General April 21, 1943 February 1, 1944 Navy and Army Distinguished Service Medals; Director of Marine Corps Aviation 1939-1943; Distinguished Flying Cross from Nicaraguan Campaign. [1]
4   MooreJames T. Moore O-04 Major General February 1, 1944 June 15, 1944 Army Distinguished Service Medals, Legion of Merit; Commanded also 4th Marine Aircraft Wing and 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing [1]
5   MitchellRalph J. Mitchell O-04 Major General June 15, 1944 June 6, 1945 Navy and Army Distinguished Service Medals; Director of Marine Corps Aviation 1939-1943; Distinguished Flying Cross from Nicaraguan Campaign. [1]
6 MajorHarold C. Major O-04 Colonel June 6, 1945 June 11, 1945 Acting Commander Legion of Merit [1]
7   MerrittLewie G. Merritt O-04 Brigadier General June 11, 1945 August 11, 1945 World War I veteran; Director, South Carolina Legislative Council; Citadel alumni; Merritt Field as MCAS Beaufort is named after him [1][4][5]
8   LarkinClaude A. Larkin O-04 Major General August 11, 1945 October 31, 1945 Lieutenant General; MAG-21 Commanding Officer at Ewa Field during Pearl Harbor attack [1][2][6][7]
9   WoodsLouis E. Woods O-04 Major General October 31, 1945 July 1946 Veteran Guadalcanal Campaign, veteran Okinawa Campaign, Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire; Commanding General, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing [2][8]
10   SandersonLawson H. M. Sanderson O-04 Brigadier General July 1946 June 1947 Aviation Pioneer, veteran Guadalcanal Campaign, as Commanding officer of the 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, Sanderson accepted the Japanese surrender of Wake Island in 1945.
11   McKittrickWilliam L. McKittrick O-04 Brigadier General June 1947 September 1947 Veteran Bougainville Campaign and Battle of Saipan; two awards of Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal; Commanding General, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing [9]
12   WoodsLouis E. Woods O-04 Major General September 1947 July 1949 Veteran Guadalcanal Campaign, veteran Okinawa Campaign, Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire; Commanding General, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing [2][8]
13   HarrisField Harris O-04 Major General July 1949 July 27, 1951 Graduate U.S. Naval Academy; Lieutenant General; Navy and Army Distinguished Service Medals
14   SchiltChristian F. Schilt O-04 Major General July 27, 1951 April 12, 1952 Medal of Honor; General; Veteran World War I, United States occupation of Haiti, United States occupation of Nicaragua, and World War II [10][11]
15   JeromeClayton C. Jerome O-04 Major General April 12, 1952 January 9, 1953 Lieutenant General; Commanding General, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing [12][13]
16   MegeeVernon E. Megee O-04 Major General January 9, 1953 December 7, 1953 Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps; Veteran World War II and Korean War; Commanding General Fleet Marine Force Pacific; Air Force Distinguished Service Medal [14]
17 CooleyAlbert D. Cooley O-04 Major General December 8, 1953 March 1954 Veteran World War II; Commanding General 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing; Navy Cross [15]
18   McCaulVerne J. McCaul O-04 Major General March 1954 August 1954 Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps; Veteran World War II and Korean War; [16]
19 BinneyArthur F. Binney O-04 Major General January 1957 December 1957 Veteran World War II and Korean War; Commanding General 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing; Graduate U.S. Naval Academy in 1928; [17]
20   HayesCharles H. Hayes O-04 Brigadier General December 1957 April 1959 Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps; Veteran World War II and Korean War; Commanding General 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing; Graduate U.S. Naval Academy in 1930; [17]
21   RobertsCarson A. Roberts O-04 Major General April 1959 December 1, 1959 Veteran World War II and Korean War; Commanding General 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing; Distinguished Flying Cross; Lieutenant General [18]
22   MangrumRichard C. Mangrum O-04 Major General December 1, 1959 April 1960 Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps; Veteran World War II and Korean War; Navy Cross; Commanding General 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing [19]
23   KierAvery R. Kier O-04 Brigadier General April 1960 June 1961 Veteran World War II and Korean War; Navy Cross; Commanding General 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing [17]
24 CondonJohn P. Condon O-04 Major General June 1961 August 1962 Veteran World War II and Korean War; Commanding General 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing; Graduate U.S. Naval Academy in 1934; [20]
25 LeekFrederick E. Leek O-04 Brigadier General June 1962 February 1963 Commanding General, 1st Marine Division June–July 1961; Assistance Division Commander, 1st Marine Division 1961-1962 [21]
26 BowmanGeorge S. Bowman O-04 Major General February 1, 1963 1964 [17]
27   FontanaPaul J. Fontana O-04 Major General 1964 May 24, 1965 Flying ace with 5 aerial victories; Navy Cross; Distinguished Flying Cross [22][23]
28   McCutcheonKeith B. McCutcheon O-04 Brigadier General May 24, 1965 May 16, 1966 General; Distinguished Flying Cross; Army Silver Star Medal; Commanding Officer Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1); Commanding General, III Marine Amphibious Force; McCutcheon Field at MCAS New River, North Carolina is named in his honor. [24][25]
29   RobershawLouis Robertshaw O-04 Major General May 16, 1966 June 1967 Graduate U.S. Naval Academy; Captain of the 1935 Naval Academy football team; Inspector General of the Marine Corps [26]
30 AndersonNorman J. Anderson O-04 Major General June 1967 June 21, 1968 Navy Distinguished Service Medal; Distinguished Flying Cross with three gold stars; Air Medal with two silver stars; Graduate UCLA [27]
31 QuilterCharles J. Quilter O-04 Major General June 21, 1968 July 7, 1969 [28]
32   ThrashWilliam G. Thrash O-04 Major General July 7, 1969 July 2, 1970 Veteran World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War; Prisoner of War from May 1952 to September 1953; Navy Distinguished Service Medal with one gold star; Distinguished Flying Cross [29]
33 ArmstrongAlan J. Armstrong O-04 Major General July 2, 1970 April 1971 Navy Distinguished Service Medal; Distinguished Flying Cross with gold star [30]
34 OwensRobert G. Owens Jr. O-04 Major General April 1971 April 1, 1972 Flying ace with 7 victories; Navy Cross; Distinguished Flying Cross w/ 4 gold stars; Commanding General, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing [31]
35   OwensLeslie E. Brown O-04 Major General April 1972 April 1, 1973 Veteran World War II; Korean War, and Vietnam War; Silver Star with gold star; Legion of Merit with Combat "V" and 2 gold stars; Distinguished Flying Cross; Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V"; Purple Heart with 2 gold stars [32]
36 LangFrank C. Lang O-04 Major General April 1973 May 1974 Veteran World War II; Korean War, and Vietnam War; Legion of Merit with Combat "V" and 2 gold stars; Distinguished Flying Cross with 7 stars [33]
37 ArmstrongVictor A. Armstrong O-04 Major General May 1974 January 1975 Lieutenant General; Veteran World War II; Korean War, and Vietnam War; Legion of Merit with Combat "V" and 2 gold stars; Distinguished Flying Cross with gold star [34]
38 WhiteWilliam J. White O-04 Brigadier General January 6, 1976 February 23, 1976 Acting Commander Veteran Korean War, and Vietnam War; Legion of Merit with Combat "V"; Distinguished Flying Cross [35]
39 NewNoah C. New O-04 Major General 1976 February 10, 1978 Veteran Vietnam War; Legion of Merit with Combat "V"; Distinguished Flying Cross [36]
40   DavisJohn K. Davis O-04 Major General February 15, 1978 June 1979 General; Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps; Navy Distinguished Service Medal; Distinguished Flying Cross; Commanding General 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing [37]
41   MaloneyWilliam R. Maloney O-04 Major General June 1979 June 2, 1980 Lieutenant General; Silver Star; Navy Distinguished Service Medal; Distinguished Flying Cross; Commanding General 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing; Commanding General 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing [38]
42   FitchWilliam H. Fitch O-04 Major General June 2, 1980 June 2, 1982 Lieutenant General; Silver Star Medal [39]
43   WentJoseph J. Went O-04 Major General June 2, 1982 May 6, 1983 Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps; General; Veteran Vietnam War [40]
44   PetersenFrank E. Petersen Jr. O-04 Major General May 6, 1983 1985 Lieutenant General; Distinguished Flying Cross; Gray Eagle Award; Man of the Year, NAACP, 1979. [41]
45 PitmanCharles H. Pitman O-04 Major General June 12, 1985 September 9, 1987 Lieutenant General; Silver Star Medal [42]
46   PlastererRoss S. Plasterer O-04 Major General September 9, 1987 September 1989 Veteran Vietnam War; Legion of Merit; Distinguished Flying Cross [43]
47 WillsDuane A. Wills O-04 Brigadier General September 9, 1989 August 1990 Lieutenant General; Veteran Vietnam War; Distinguished Flying Cross; lettered in football at UCLA; [44]
48 EhlertNorman E. Ehlert O-04 Major General August 6, 1990 January 1991 Lieutenant General; Commanding General, III Marine Expeditionary Force; Defense Distinguished Service Medal; Navy Distinguished Service Medal; Distinguished Flying Cross [45]
49 BladesArthur C. Blades O-04 Brigadier General July 1991 June 1992 Silver Star; Distinguished Flying Cross [46][47]
50 ForneyWilliam A. Forney O-04 Brigadier General June 1992 June 24, 1994 Veteran Vietnam War; Legion of Merit [48][49]
51 KaramarkovichGeorge M. Karamarkovich O-04 Brigadier General June 24, 1994 May 1996 Veteran Vietnam War; Defense Superior Service Medal [50]
52   KnutsonBruce B. Knutson, Jr. O-04 Major General May 1996 April 1998 Lieutenant General [51]
53   AndersonJoseph T. Anderson O-04 Major General April 1998 2000 Veteran Vietnam War; Graduate U.S. Naval Academy; Deputy Director, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum [52][53]
54   CartwrightJames E. Cartwright O-04 Major General 2000 August 5, 2002 General; Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Commander, U.S. Strategic Command [54]
55   GoodmanJohn F. Goodman O-04 Major General August 5, 2002 June 3, 2004 Lieutenant General; Defense Distinguished Service Medal; Soldiers Medal; Veteran Vietnam War; Commander, United States Marine Corps Forces Pacific; Director, Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance; former NFL quarterback [55]
56   ThiessenDuane D. Thiessen O-04 Major General June 3, 2004 June 10, 2005 [56]
57   TrautmanGeorge J. Trautman, III O-04 Major General June 10, 2005 June 8, 2007 [57]
58   SchmidleRobert E. Schmidle, Jr. O-04 Brigadier General June 8, 2007 July 28, 2008 [58]
59   FoxRaymond C. Fox O-04 Brigadier General July 28, 2008 June 28, 2010 [59]
60   BeydlerWilliam D. Beydler O-04 Brigadier General June 28, 2010 June 22, 2012 [60]
61   OwensChristopher S. Owens O-04 Brigadier General June 22, 2012 July 9, 2013 [61]
62   RudderSteven R. Rudder O-04 Brigadier General July 9, 2013 July 30, 2015 [62]
63   SanbornRussell A. Sanborn O-04 Major General July 30, 2015 June 29, 2017 [63]
64   SanbornThomas D. Weidley O-04 Brigadier General July 29, 2017 Incumbent [64]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

Inline citations
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