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II Marine Expeditionary Force

Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, NC
Major General William D. Beydler

By | July 16, 2014

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Major General William D. Beydler, II Marine Expeditionary Force commanding general

Major General William D. Beydler, II Marine Expeditionary Force commanding general (Photo by Combat Camera)


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Upon graduation from the United States Naval Academy in 1981, Major General Beydler was commissioned into the Marine Corps and trained as a pilot.

He is a graduate of Navy Fighter Weapons School and the Marine Aviation and Weapons Tactics Squadron One Weapons and Tactics Instructor course. He commanded at the Fighter Attack Squadron, Marine Aircraft Group, and Marine Aircraft Wing levels.

Major General Beydler’s staff assignments include Headquarters, United States European Command where he served as the Division Chief of the Joint Training, Readiness and Exercises division. Major General Beydler served in Headquarters 2d Marine Aircraft Wing in July 2005 and deployed to the United States Central Command Combined Air Operations Center in Al Udeid, Qatar as the Marine Liaison Officer. At United States Joint Forces Command, Major General Beydler served as the Director, Standing Joint Forces Headquarters and following a major reorganization and operationalization of the unit, Major General Beydler became the first commander of the United States Joint Forces Command Joint Enabling Capabilities Command on 1 October 2008. Finally, at Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, Major General Beydler served as the Director, Strategy and Plans Division, Plans, Policies and Operations. 

Major General Beydler attended the NATO Defense College in Rome, Italy from August 2002 until February 2003. 

Major General Beydler has accumulated approximately 4000 flight hours in tactical jet aircraft with over 3000 in the F/A-18. His personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal with Palm, the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with three Gold Stars, the Air Medal-Strike Flight with Numeral One, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with one Gold Star.