Lieutenant General Frederick McCorkle USMC (Ret.) (TN)
Fred McCorkle retired from the United States Marine Corps in 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 boards of Atlas Air World Wide Holdings, Inc.; Rolls-Royce North America, Inc.; Lord Corporation; and JURA Corporation (where he also serves as President).
Fred also serves on several tax-exempt charity foundation boards to include the Academy of Applied Science; Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs; Naval Aviation Museum Foundation; Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation; and Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation. In addition to the above boards, Fred also serves as a senior strategic advisor for Boeing; Timken Corporation; Agusta Westland; Stratom, Inc.; GCC Associates; Delfigo Security; and Global Aerospace & Defense, LLC.
McCorkle last served as Deputy Commandant for Aviation, Headquarters Marine Corps, Washington, DC. In this position, he was responsible for all of Marine Aviation (to include procurement, material and parts support, and maintenance of Marine Corps aircraft, with a budget of over eight billion dollars.
He was raised in Harriman, TN. 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 Schooland The Basic School in Quantico, VA (1967), he attended Naval Flight School, Pensacola, FL, 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 65 different series of aircraft.
Operational assignments included billets as Commanding Officer, Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1 (1986-1988); head of operations, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Okinawa, Japan (1988-1989); head of operations, 2d Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point, NC (1989-1990); and as Commanding Officer, Marine Aircraft Group 29, MCAS New River, NC where he was responsible for providing continued logistics support and replacements to over 100 aircraft during Desert Storm (1990-1992).
As a general officer, he served as Commander, Marine Corps Air Bases, Eastern Area and Commanding General, MCAS Cherry Point (1993-1996). During this period, he was additionally in charge of NADEP (the Marine Corps Rework Facility which consisted of approximately 5,000 civilian workers). He served as the Commanding General, 3d Marine Aircraft Wing, MCAS El Toro, CA (1996-1998). This is the largest aircraft wing in the Corps, consisting of approximately 500 aircraft, where he was responsible for the deployment and logistics of over 17,000 Marines. Fred assumed duties as Deputy Commandant for Aviation on 28 June 1998 and was advanced to the grade of lieutenant general in August 1998.
Other military schools included Marine Corps Test Pilot School, Tustin, CA (1971); Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Quantico, VA (1979-1980); and the National War College, Fort McNair, Washington, DC (1984-1985).
Personal decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal; Legion of Merit with three Gold Stars in lieu of second through fourth awards; Distinguished Flying Cross with Gold Star in lieu of second award; Purple Heart; Air Medal with Single Mission Award and 76 Strike/Flight Awards; Navy Commendation Medal with Combat "V"; and Navy Achievement Medal.
Fred is married (since June 1966) to the former Kathy Schwartz of Johnson City, TN.