The commanding general of the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego , which recently began training women, has been nominated to the rank of major general — a second star.

Brig. Gen. Ryan P. Heritage also would become commanding general of the Western Recruiting Region based in San Diego. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III on Thursday announced that President Biden was elevating Heritage — among 18 similar nominations.

Heritage, who graduated from George Washington University in Washington in 1990, served from 1991 to 1993 as a commander for 3d Battalion, 8th Marines, deploying twice with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

As a rifle company commander, he deployed to Haiti in support of Operation Uphold Democracy, according to his service biography.

In 2008, he transferred to II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) where he served as the current operations officer and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

In 2013 he assumed command of the 6th Marine Regiment followed by a 2014 assignment as deputy commander, Marine Forces Cyberspace Command, Fort Meade, Maryland.

His personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Legion of Merit with gold star, Meritorious Service Medal with four gold stars, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and Joint Service Achievement Medal.

His LinkedIn profile says he became MCRD San Diego commander in June 2018.

Marine major generals usually serve as commanding generals of Marine Expeditionary Forces, Marine Divisions, Marine Aircraft Wings, Joint Task Force Commanders, deputy commanders in 3-star commands or as senior directors on Marine Corps and joint staffs, says Wikipedia.

He’ll receive a monthly basic pay salary starting at $11,000 a month. The average total compensation for a major general may range from $135,000 to $193,000 a year, according to

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