Fred McCorkle retired from the United States Marine Corps on one October 2001. He is currently serving on the board of directors and as a senior advisor for GKN Aerospace Services. He additionally serves on the Rolls-Royce North America board of directors, and is a member of the board of directors of JURA Corporation, Lord Corporation and of Atlas Air World Wide Holdings, Inc.
Fred also serves on several tax-exempt charity foundations Boards to include: The Naval Aviation Museum Foundation and the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation. In addition to the above boards, Fred also serves as a Senior Strategic Advisor for Boeing, Agusta Westland, Timken Aerospace and Global Aerospace & Defense Consulting LLC. Lieutenant General Frederick McCorkle, USMC (retired) last served as the Deputy Commandant for Aviation, Headquarters, Marine Corps, Washington, D.C. In this position, he was responsible for all of Marine Aviation (to include procurement…material and parts support…and maintenance … of Marine Corps’ aircraft).
He was born on nine, November 1944, and was raised in Harriman, Tennessee. In 1966, he received his Bachelor of Science degree from East Tennessee State University and (in 1979) received a master's degree from Pepperdine University. After completion of Officer Candidates School, and The Basic School in Quantico, Virginia (1967), he attended Naval Flight School, Pensacola, Florida, and was designated a naval aviator in January, 1969. He Served in Vietnam with HMM-262 during 1969-1970 and flew over 1,500 combat missions. Throughout his career, he accumulated over 6,500 flight hours in over 60 different series of aircraft.
Operational assignments included billets as commanding officer, Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1), (1986-1988); head of operations, First Marine Aircraft Wing, Okinawa, Japan (1988-1989); head of operations, Second Marine Aircraft Wing, Cherry Point, North Carolina (1989-1990); and as commanding officer, Marine Aircraft Group Twenty Nine (MAG -29…where he was responsible in providing continued logistics support and replacements to over 100 aircraft during Desert Storm), Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River, North Carolina (1990-1992).
As a general officer, he served as Commander, Marine Corps Air Bases eastern area and commanding general, MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina (1993-1996). During this period, he was additionally in charge of NADEP (the Marine Corps Rework Facility which consisted of approx 5,000 civilian workers). He served as the commanding general, Third Marine Aircraft Wing, MCAS, El Toro, California (1996-1998). This is the Corps’ largest Aircraft Wing consisting of approx 500 aircraft where he was responsible for the deployment, logistics and personnel for over 17,000 Marines. Fred assumed the duties as Deputy Commandant for Aviation on 28 June 1998 and was advanced to the grade of lieutenant general on 21 august 1998.
Military schools included: The Basic School, Quantico, Virginia (1967); Naval Flight School, Pensacola, Florida (1967-1969); Marine Corps Test Pilot School, Tustin, California (1971); Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Quantico, Virginia (1979-1980); and the National War College, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C. (1984-1985).
Personal decorations include: The Distinguished Service Medal; The Legion of Merit with three Gold Stars in lieu of second through fourth awards; The Distinguished Flying Cross with Gold Star in lieu of second award; The Purple Heart; The Air Medal with Single Mission Award and 76 Strike/Flight Awards; Navy Commendation Medal with Combat "V"; and The Navy Achievement Medal. Fred is married (since June, 1966) to the former Kathy Schwartz of Johnson City, Tennessee.
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