Joseph Hedges, a Grass Valley native, has been approved and recommended for promotion to captain in the U.S. Navy. Notification of Hedges’ promotion came from Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

Hedges came to Crane, Ind., in May 2002 as public works officer of the Crane Division of Naval Surface Warfare Center.

He is the officer-in-charge, Public Works and just recently assumed duties as officer-in-charge, Naval Support Activity, part of the Midwest Great Lakes Region team at Crane.

Hedges was born in Grass Valley and graduated from Nevada Union High School. He received a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree from California State University, then entered the U.S. Navy via the Collegiate Commissioning Program.

In May 1990, Hedges received a Master of Ocean Engineering degree from Texas A&M University. He is married to the former Linda Meier of Grass Valley and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Delbert Hedges.

Commander Hedges’ decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), the Air Force Achievement Medal and numerous other unit and individual awards.

When asked, Hedges said, “It is a great honor to be selected for promotion. My promotion is the result of countless dedicated civil servants and sailors I have had the privilege to serve with for the last 22 years.”

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