Biography
Commanding General, Third Marine Aircraft Wing
Major General Michael J. Borgschulte

Major General Borgschulte received a nomination to the Naval Academy Preparatory School (NAPS) in 1986 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Oceanography from the Naval Academy in June 1991. Following graduation, Second Lieutenant Borgschulte earned his jump wings at the Army’s Airborne Course in Ft. Benning, Georgia. He graduated from The Basic School (TBS) with distinction in September 1991. Upon TBS graduation, he reported to Naval Air Station Pensacola for flight training and was designated a Naval Aviator in September 1993.

First Lieutenant Borgschulte reported to Marine Helicopter Training Squadron (HMT) 303 aboard Camp Pendleton, California, for initial training in the AH-1W. In August 1994, First Lieutenant Borgschulte was assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 169 where he served as the operations ground training officer, schedule writer, and AH-1W Pilot Training Officer. In January 1995 he deployed with HMLA-169 to Okinawa, Japan in support of the Unit Deployment Program (UDP) and was promoted to Captain that March in Pohang, Korea. In November 1996, he was transferred to HMM-161 (REIN) based in Tustin, CA for operations with the 15th MEU (SOC) as the ACE Ordnance Officer. Upon return from a WESTPAC deployment, he was assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment for duties as a Forward Air Controller (FAC). Capt Borgschulte was selected to fill the billet of 1/5 Operations Officer during this tour as well as Battalion FAC.

In December 1998, Captain Borgschulte was assigned to HMLA-369 as the S-1 Admin Officer. In October 2000, Captain Borgschulte attended the Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) course. He was assigned as the Assistant Aircraft Maintenance Officer (AAMO) and deployed to Okinawa, Japan in support of the Unit Deployment Program (UDP). Upon return from deployment, he was picked to be the S-4 Logistics Officer preparing the unit for the next UDP rotation and was promoted to Major in March 2001. In January 2002, he was assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron (HMM) 263 (REIN) for deployment with the 31st MEU (SOC) as the ACE Tactics and Future Operations Officer.

Major Borgschulte was assigned to the I MEF Special Operations Training Group (SOTG) as the Air Officer in November 2002. In April 2003 he volunteered to deploy with HMLA-369 in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF) I. Upon return, he assumed duties as the Operations Officer and Air Officer for I MEF SOTG.

In March 2005, Major Borgschulte was assigned to HMLA-169 and deployed in support of OIF 05-07.1 as the Operations Officer and follow on duties as the HMLA-169 Executive Officer. Upon return from OIF, Lieutenant Colonel Borgschulte received orders to Naval Central Command in Bahrain for one year as the principal Marine planner and Operational Planning Team (OPT) lead. During this tour, Lieutenant Colonel Borgschulte was selected for Command of HMLA-367 and subsequently led the 385 Marines and 27 aircraft of HMLA-367 on a 7 month deployment to Afghanistan fighting in the Battle for Marjah and Now Zad. This deployment was highlighted by the first combat use of the UH-1Y coupled with the firepower of the AH-1W.

After his Commanding Officer tour, Lieutenant Colonel Borgschulte was selected for Top Level School at the Naval War College where he graduated with distinction earning a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. Lieutenant Colonel Borgschulte’s next assignment was as Division Chief, United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) in Tampa, Florida, where he was selected to attend Stanford University's Executive Leadership course as part of USSOCOM’s talent management program.

On May 3, 2013, he was promoted to Colonel and was subsequently selected to Command Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 39 at Camp Pendleton, California. He then served as the Assistant Wing Commander for 3d Marine Aircraft Wing in Miramar, California from 2017 to 2019 and on the Joint Staff as the Deputy Director for Operations, J-3, National Military Command Center from 2019 to 2020. Major General Borgschulte was promoted to his current rank on Dec 15, 2021. His most recent assignment was serving as the Director, Manpower Management Division, Manpower and Reserve Affairs, Headquarters U.S. Marine Corps. Major General Borgschulte took command of 3rd MAW June 30, 2023.

Major General Borgschulte has been awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal w/two gold stars, fourteen Strike/Flight Air Medals for combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, individual Air Medal for personal action in Afghanistan, Joint Commendation Medal w/gold star, Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal w/ two gold stars, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal w/one gold star. He has amassed more than 3,700 total flight hours to include nearly 1,000 Night Vision Goggle hours and over 700 combat hours in Iraq and Afghanistan.