Earl B. Hailston

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Earl Hailston
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LtGen Earl Hailston, USMC (Ret)
Born (1947-05-27) May 27, 1947 (age 71)
Utica, New York, U.S.
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1967–2003
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held United States Marine Corps Forces Pacific, U.S. Marine Forces Central Command
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Awards ~ Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Silver Star
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star with Combat V

Earl B. Hailston (born May 27, 1947) is a retired Marine Corps Lieutenant General. He was Commanding General of United States Marine Corps Forces Pacific, U.S. Marine Forces Central Command, and U.S. Marine Corps Bases Pacific.

Early career

Hailston began his career in the Marine Corps as an enlisted infantry rifleman in 1967.[1] After completing boot camp, he reported to the 2nd Marine Division for duty as an infantry rifleman.[2] Shortly after, Hailston entered the Enlisted Commissioning Program and received his commission in 1968.[2] After completing The Basic School, Hailston received assignment as a rifle platoon commander with India Company "I", 3rd Battalion, 27th Marines.[2]

Vietnam Service

From July 1969 to January 1971, Hailston served in the Republic of Vietnam attached to the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion 1st Marine Division.[2]

Later career

He attended flight training in Pensacola, Florida , receiving his wings in June 1973.[2]

Other training schools attended include Amphibious Warfare School and the Air Command And Staff College. He earned his Bachelors degree from Troy State University.[2]

In May 1994, Hailston was promoted to the rank of brigadier general and was commander of the 3rd Force Service Support Group, FMF, Pacific, Okinawa, Japan. Further commands included:

  • July 1996 – Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, Installations and Logistics (Facilities), Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, Washington, D.C.
  • March 1997 to June 1999 – Promotion to major general U.S. Pacific Command Director of Strategic Plans and Policy (J-5).
  • June 1999 – III Marine Expeditionary Force and Marine Corps Bases Japan. Promotion to lieutenant general in June 1999.
  • August 2001 to retirement – Component Commander for the U.S. Pacific Command and U.S. Central Command.[3] In mid January 2002, General Tommy Franks forward deployed Hailston's command to Bahrain.

Okinawa Email controversy

While serving as commanding general of the III Marine Expeditionary Force, General Hailston drafted an email to 13 USMC officers in which he called the local Okinawa officials "all nuts and a bunch of wimps". The email followed a January 2001 incident where a Marine was arrested for lifting up the dress of an Okinawan schoolgirl.[4] Hailston later made an apology stating:

The message was an attempt, in a very emotional manner, to gain the strict attention of my commanders. If my remarks in the e-mail are construed as suggesting anything else, then I am deeply sorry and apologize for the misunderstanding.[4]

In retirement

He serves as Chairman of the Air Warrior Courage Foundation.[5]


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Naval Aviator Badge.jpg
Gold star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Gold star
SCUBA Diver badge
Naval Aviator Badge
Defense Distinguished Service Medal[6] Silver Star Legion of Merit Bronze Star w/ valor device
Defense Meritorious Service Medal Meritorious Service Medal w/ 1 award star Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal Combat Action Ribbon
Joint Meritorious Unit Award Navy Unit Commendation Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 service star
Vietnam Service Medal w/ 1 service star Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon w/ 3 service stars Navy & Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon w/ 2 service stars Vietnam Gallantry Cross w/ gold star
Vietnam Armed Forces Honor Medal Vietnam Gallantry Cross unit citation Vietnam Civil Actions unit citation Vietnam Campaign Medal


  1. ^ "Lt. Gen. Earl B. Hailston, USMC (retired)". Retrieved May 8, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Lt. Gen. Earl B. Hailston, USMC (ret.) - JINSA Online". www.jinsa.org.
  3. ^ Lowrey, Nathan S. (2015). U.S. Marines In Afghanistan, 2001-2002. Tannenberg Publishing. p. 602. ISBN 9781786256225. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  4. ^ a b "E-mail provokes Okinawa fury". BBC News. 6 February 2001. Retrieved 26 July 2012.
  5. ^ "Charity Navigator - Rating for Air Warrior Courage Foundation". Charity Navigator.
  6. ^ "Earl Hailston - Recipient - Military Times Hall Of Valor". valor.militarytimes.com.

External links

  • Official Biography for Earl B. Hailston

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