LTC (R) John Hedley
John graduated from West Point and holds a Master’s Degree in Asian History.

He served as a platoon leader with the 1st Battalion, 29th Infantry, 197th Infantry Brigade, before deployment to Vietnam where he served with the 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division as a Rifle Platoon Leader, Reconnaissance Platoon Leader and Company Commander. Returning from Vietnam he served with the 1st Battalion, 3rd Infantry, The Old Guard, as an Assistant S3 and Company Commander.

During 24 years of service other assignments included duty as an ROTC instructor, selection to be a Foreign Area Officer (FAO) with a concentration on Japan; service on the staff of Headquarters, US Forces Japan; a Company Commander and Deputy Brigade Commander at Ft Benning GA; and as the Inspector General of the 5th Infantry Division and Ft. Polk, LA.

After retiring from the Army John worked for Raytheon Corporation for 17 years which included 10 years in Japan. John has been President of the 501c3 “Welcome Home Veterans” since May 2011. He is married to Margie, a realtor and broker in the Lake Norman and Charlotte, NC area and has 3 grown children, Chuck, Brian and Marcia.

Military decorations include: the Silver Star, the Bronze Star with Valor Device (2) and two oak leaf clusters, the Air Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with Valor Device and oak leaf cluster and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge.