Brig. Gen. Michael S. Cederholm
Deputy Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command
Brigadier General Cederholm was born at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and grew up in New Hartford, Connecticut. After graduating from Wesleyan University, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in April 1989. He underwent flight training in Pensacola, Florida; Beeville, Texas and El Toro, California.
Brigadier General Cederholm’s assignments in the operating forces include VMFA(AW)-242, 1st Battalion 1st Marines, Officer in Charge VMFA-112, Instructor Pilot Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN), MAG-11 Assistant Operations Officer, MAG-12 Operations Officer, Commanding Officer VMFA-212 and Commanding Officer MAG-31.
Brigadier General Cederholm’s Staff assignments include Manpower Management Officer Assignments (MMOA); Headquarters Marine Corps Aviation - Aviation Weapons Requirements (APW) Branch Head; Military Aide to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition, the Honorable Mr Stackley; and Military Secretary to the 36th Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Dunford.
His Joint assignments include: Joint Staff J-8 Force Application as the Air-Sea Branch Chief and EA for the Deputy Director Force Application - General Lori Robinson. Joint Staff J-3 as the Operations Team Three Deputy Director of Operations (“The Marine Team”) October 2015-April 2016, Vice Director J-33 Nuclear, Homeland Defense and Current Operations April 2016 to July 2017 and Deputy Director Regional Operations (DDRO) J35 from July 2017 to June 2018. He has deployed twice, in Joint billets, to the Coalition Air Operations Center for Operations SOUTHERN WATCH, ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM.
Brigadier General Cederholm is a graduate of the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN), the National War College where he received a Master of Science in National Security Strategy and was the recipient of the Marine Corps Association Colonel Richard A. Christie Excellence in Writing Award, and is a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Seminar XXI Fellow.