Rear Admiral John G. Hekman, USN (Ret.) was named Executive Director of the Virginia War Memorial Foundation in July 2013.
Prior to his assuming this role, Admiral Hekman served as a Trustee of the Virginia War Memorial and as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Virginia War Memorial Educational Foundation.
Admiral Hekman was commissioned an officer in the U.S. Navy in 1962. He served for 34 year in various posts throughout the world and is a veteran of the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War.
During his military career, Admiral Hekman commanded the Navy Information Systems Management Center, Arlington, VA.; the Defense Supply Center, Richmond, Va., the Navy Supply Center, Charleston, S.C., and served as Associate Comptroller of the Department of the Navy.
After retirement from active duty, Admiral Hekman served as Chief Financial Officer of Highway Express, Inc. and as Senior Vice President of Celadon International, Inc.
Admiral Hekman is a graduate of Calvin College, the National War College, and Joint Flag and General Officer Capstone program. He holds an MBA from George Washington University.