The Foundation



The Admiral Nimitz Foundation has supported a world-class military museum complex from humble beginnings on Fredericksburg’s Main Street since 1971.


Michael W. Hagee
General, USMC (Retired)
President and CEO

A native of Fredericksburg, General Hagee served as the 33rd Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps. His military career took him to foreign countries on all continents in combat and peace. His numerous military assignments included Commanding General, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Deputy Director of Operations at the U.S. European Command and Executive Assistant to the Director of Central Intelligence.

In addition to his position as CEO at The Nimitz Foundation, General Hagee serves on several boards of directors and advisory boards, both national and international, in areas that include information technology, government services, communications and manufacturing.

The General remains active in public service and foreign policy debates and has been one of the leading proponents of “Smart Power,” testifying before Congress and providing advice to members of the Senate and Congress on both sides of the aisle. He serves as the Co-Chair of the National Security Advisory Council for the Center for U.S. Global Engagement and U.S. Global Leadership Campaign.

General Hagee holds a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Masters Degree in International Relations.

Experience the human story of WWII in the Pacific Theater told through 55,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space, over 900 artifacts, and audio/visual displays.

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