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Command Biography
2D MAW Commanding General
Major General William H. Swan

Major General Swan assumed the duties of Commanding General, 2d Marine Aircraft Wing on 16 May 2024.  Originally from Pewaukee WI, Major General Swan was commissioned in 1991 after graduating from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Upon completion of The Basic School, he attended flight training and was designated as an F/A-18 Hornet pilot.

Major General Swan’s previous assignments as a General Officer include Assistant Deputy Commandant for Plans, Policies and Operations at Headquarters Marine Corps, Deputy Director for Operations in the Joint Staff J3, Assistant Deputy Commandant for Aviation, and the Director for Manpower Policy, Manpower and Reserve Affairs, Headquarters Marine Corps.

Major General Swan’s command assignments include the Commanding Officer of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 323 and the Commanding Officer of Marine Aircraft Group 11.

Major General Swan’s operating forces assignments include Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 251 as part of Carrier Air Wing One, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 321, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 242, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 323 as part of Carrier Air Wings Nine and Fourteen, the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Marine Aircraft Group 11, 3d Marine Aircraft Wing, and the I Marine Expeditionary Force. He has participated in Operations SOUTHERN WATCH, BRIGHTSTAR, NOBLE EAGLE, IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM, NEW DAWN, TOMADACHI, and NATO exercises in both Scotland and Denmark. Additionally, Major General Swan has served in both the Joint Staff's J-3 and J-8 and multiple billets in Headquarters Marine Corps.

Major General Swan is a graduate of the Marine Corps’ Division Tactics Instructor Course, Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course, Command and Staff College and the National War College where he earned Masters’ Degrees in both Military Studies from the Marine Corps University and National Security Strategy from the National Defense University. Major General Swan has flown over 4200 flight hours, made over 600 carrier-arrested landings, and executed over 200 aerial combat missions.

His personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with Strike/Flight numeral 10, and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Gold Star, and the Marine Corps Achievement Medal with two Gold Stars.

2nd Marine Aircraft Wing