Senior Fellow Bios

Hejlik, Dennis "DJ" - Lt Gen, USMC (Ret)

Dennis Hejlik is employed as a Senior Fellow for the National Defense University in support of the Pinnacle, Capstone, and Keystone Joint Operations Module.  He is also a Highly Qualified Expert - Senior Mentor for the Joint Staff J7 in support of  Combatant Command and Joint Task Force Operations and Exercises..

Lieutenant General Hejlik's last appointment was as the Commander, United States Marine Corps Forces Command; Commanding General, Fleet Marine Force Atlantic; Commander, United States Marine Corps Bases Atlantic; Commander, United States Marine Corps Forces Europe.

LtGen Hejlik enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1968 and was honorably discharged as a sergeant in 1972. A graduate of Minnesota State University, he was commissioned through the PLC program. He is an honor graduate of The Basic School, the Amphibious Warfare School, The Command and Staff College, and The Naval War College.

LtGen Hejlik's command assignments include: Platoon Commander and Company Commander, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment. Platoon Commander Marine Barracks, Yorktown, VA; Commanding Officer, Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines; Commanding Officer 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines; Commanding Officer Marine Barracks, Washington, DC; Commander 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade, I Marine Expeditionary Force; Commander U. S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command; Commanding General, II Marine Expeditionary Force.

LtGen Hejlik's staff assignments include: 3rd Marine Division aide-de-camp to the Commanding General; Battalion Logistics Officer (S-4) 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines; Tactics Instructor at Amphibious Warfare School; Executive Officer of the 2d Marine Regiment; G-3 Current Operations Officer, I MEF Operation Desert Storm; 2nd Marine Division G-1A; Enlisted Assignment Section, Manpower and Reserve Affairs; Senior Military Fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations; Military Secretary to the Commandant of the Marine Corps; Deputy Commanding General, I Marine Expeditionary Force; The Principal Director for Special Operations and Combating Terrorism in SOLIC/OSD; U.S. Special Operations Command, Chief of Staff; Director, Center for Policy, Training and Readiness, U.S. Special Operations Command.

LtGen Hejlik's personal decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal with Gold Star, Legion of Merit with Gold Star, Meritorious Service Medal with two Gold Stars, Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, and the Leftwich Award.

LtGen Hejlik currently operations his own consulting company.  He also participates on the Board of Directors of the SOF Warrior Foundation, a non paid position.