Lieutenant General Robert F. Hedelund is currently assigned as the Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command and U.S. Marine Corps Forces Northern Command, and Commanding General, Fleet Marine Force, Atlantic.
A native of Pompano Beach, Florida, LtGen Hedelund graduated from Florida Atlantic University and was commissioned in April 1983. He was designated an unrestricted Naval Aviator in May 1985.
Previous command assignments include Headquarters Squadron, Marine Aircraft Group 29; Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron (HMM) 162; Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1); Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory (concurrently serving as the Vice Chief, Office of Naval Research); the 2d Marine Aircraft Wing; U.S. Marine Corps Forces Korea; and II Marine Expeditionary Force.
As a CH46E pilot, LtGen Hedelund has deployed with HMM-264, HMM-365, and HMM-162. He has served as a Basic and Advanced Flight Instructor at Helicopter Training Squadron (HT) 18, NAS Whiting Field, FL. LtGen Hedelund has also served as a CH46E Instructor, Division Head and Assault Support Department Head at MAWTS-1, MCAS Yuma, AZ. LtGen Hedelund has flown over 5200 flight hours in rotary wing, tilt-rotor, and fixed wing aircraft.
Staff assignments include the Marine Corps Strategic Studies Group, MCCDC; U.S. Northern Command Desk Officer, U.S. Joint Forces Command; Senior Military Assistant and Marine Aide to the Secretary of the Navy; Director, Marine and Family Programs Division (MF), Manpower & Reserve Affairs; Assistant Chief of Staff UCJ-5, United Nations Command, ROK-U.S. Combined Forces Command, U.S. Forces Korea.
LtGen Hedelund is a distinguished graduate of The Basic School and Marine Corps Command and Staff College. He has also attended the Air War College and Joint Force Air Component Command Course, Montgomery, AL and the Joint Forces Staff College and CAPSTONE Program, Norfolk, VA.