Marine Aviation


Marine Aviation

Headquarters Marine Corps

Washington, DC
Deputy Commandant for Aviation

Lieutenant General Steven R. Rudder assumed his current position as the Deputy Commandant for Aviation, Headquarters Marine Corps in July 2017.

LtGen Rudder is a native of Canton, CT, and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in June 1984.  LtGen Rudder previously served as the Director of Strategic Planning and Policy (J5), U.S. Pacific Command.

LtGen Rudders previous assignments include:  Serving in Co B, 3rd Amphibious Assault Battalion; Student, NAS Pensacola, FL, designated a Naval Aviator; HMT-303, AH-1J helicopter training; HMLA-367, Maintenance Quality Assurance Officer and Weapons and Tactics Instructor; unit deployments to Futenma, Okinawa, and Operations DESERT SHIELD/STORM; HMM-161 (REIN), Weapons and Tactics Officer deploying with the 11th MEU(SOC) back to North Arabian Gulf; AH-1 Division Head, Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One; Operations Officer, HML/A-167; Future Operations Officer, deploying with the 22nd MEU(SOC)  to EUCOM and CENTOCM AOR, HMM-261(REIN); Office of Net Assessment, the Office of the Secretary of Defense serving as Mr. Andrew Marshalls Military Assistant; Squadron Commander, HML/A-167 deploying to EUCOM AOR in support of Dynamic Mix; Senior Watch Officer, OIF, 3rd Marine Air Wing Tactical Command Center; J5 Lead planner for Afghanistan and Pakistan, CENTCOM, Tampa, FL; deployed to Afghanistan, Pakistan and Qatar in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM; Commander, Marine Air Group 26, deploying to Al Asad, Iraq, in support of Operation IRAQI  FREEDOM 9.1; Branch Head of Aviation Expeditionary Enablers (APX), Headquarters Marine Corps Aviation; Legislative Assistant to the Commandant, Headquarters Marine Corps, Office of Legislative Affairs; Commanding General, 1st Marine Air Wing, Okinawa, Japan; deployed Wing to Thailand and South Korea.

LtGen Rudder holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Boston University, a Masters of Military Studies Degree from the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and a Masters of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College.

Personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with Gold Star, Distinguished Flying Cross with Combat
V, Defense Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star, Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Start, Air Medal Strike Flight 4, Navy Commendation Medal with Gold Star and Combat V, Joint Achievement Medal and Navy Achievement Medal.




Headquarters Marine Corps, Department of Aviation develops, integrates, and

supervises plans, policies and budget for all aviation assets and aviation

expeditionary enablers (aviation command and control, aviation-ground

support, and unmanned aircraft systems) in support of Marine air ground task

forces.  In support of the Commandant of the Marine Corps and Title 10

responsibilities as a service chief, the Deputy Commandant for Aviation

serves as the principle advisor on all aviation matters and serves as the

principle spokesperson of Marine Corps aviation programs, requirements, and

strategy throughout the Department of the Navy and the Department of



Contact Information

Headquarters, Marine Corps   
Department of Aviation  
3000 Marine Corps Pentagon  
Rm  4E482  
Washington, DC 20350   
 Office: (703) 614-1010  
Fax: (703) 693-2529  


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