I MEF Leaders

I Marine Expeditionary Force Leaders

Commanding General, I Marine Expeditionary Force

Lt. Gen. Karsten "Hazel" Heckl

Lieutenant General Karsten "Hazel" Heckl assumed command of I Marine Expeditionary Force on 31 July 2020.A native of Stone Mountain Georgia, Lieutenant General Heckl graduated from Georgia State University and was commissioned in April 1988.  He was designated an unrestricted Naval Aviator in...

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Deputy Commanding General, I Marine Expeditionary Force

Brig. Gen. Thomas B. Savage

Brigadier General Savage is currently serving as Deputy Commanding General I Marine Expeditionary Force. He is a graduate of California State University and was commissioned in August 1991. He has attended The Basic School, Infantry Officer Course, U.S. Army Infantry Captain Career Course, Marine...

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Chief of Staff, I Marine Expeditionary Force

Colonel George C. Schreffler, III

Colonel Schreffler was born and raised in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the Virginia Military Institute with a bachelor of art’s degree in history and was commissioned a second lieutenant in May 1994. Following graduation from the Basic Officer Course and the Infantry Officer Course at...

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Sergeant Major, I Marine Expeditionary Force

Sgt. Maj. James Porterfield

Sergeant Major Porterfield is currently serving as Sergeant Major, I Marine Expeditionary Force.  He is a native of Jacksonville, Florida, enlisted in the Marine Corps in March 1989, and was assigned as a AV-8B Harrier Avionics Technician.  He has attended all required Marine Corps Resident...

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Command Master Chief

CMDCM(SW/AW/IW) Toby A. Ruiz

 Though a native of Montebello, California, Master Chief Ruiz calls Monte Vista, Colorado home.  He enlisted in the Navy in March 1991, reported to basic training at RTC Great Lakes, Illinois and completed Signalman “A” School at NTC Orlando, Florida.  After serving two tours as a collateral-duty...

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