Brigadier General (PA) Cecil B. Hengeveld was appointed Deputy Adjutant General for Veterans Affairs May 29, 2001. In this position, he supervises the administration of veterans assistance programs to Pennsylvania’s 1.1 million veterans and their dependents as well as the operation of the Commonwealth’s six veteran’s homes and Scotland School for Veterans’ Children.
Hengeveld retired from the Pennsylvania Army National Guard in the federally recognized rank of colonel in 1998. In his last assignment, he commanded the Eastern Army National Guard Aviation Training Site (EAATS) at Fort Indiantown Gap, Annville, Pa. The EAATS is a National Guard Bureau field operating activity which conducts qualification and instructor pilot training, operates flight and flight weapon simulators, trains aviation maintenance specialists and operates an aeromedical aviation clinic.
Hengeveld was born in Allentown, Pa. He graduated from the Church Farm School, Exton, Pa., in 1964. He earned a bachelor’s degree in professional aeronautics at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 1989 and a master education degree, specializing in training and development, from The Pennsylvania State University in 1999.
Hengeveld enlisted in the U.S. Army in December 1965; attended basic training at Fort Polk, La.; and graduated from the Warrant Officer Rotary Wing Aviator Course, becoming a warrant officer and receiving his wings in December 1966. In January 1967, he was assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division and served 12 months with the 2/20th Aerial Rocket Artillery Battalion in the Republic of Vietnam. In February 1968, he was assigned to the U.S. Army Aviation Center, Fort Rucker, Ala., serving as a flight and classroom instructor for aerial gunnery training. He was released from active duty in December 1969.
Hengeveld joined the Pennsylvania Army National Guard in May 1970 and received a direct commission to second lieutenant. He has served as the commander of the 1028th Transportation Helicopter Company; EAATS simulator and instruments branch chief and operations and training officer as well as an aviation staff officer in the State Area Command Headquarters of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. He has commanded Army Aviation Support Facilities in Washington, Pa., and Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa.
Hengeveld completed the Infantry Officers Basic Course in 1973, the Armor Advanced Course in 1978 and Command and General Staff College in 1983. He holds a Master Aviator rating with over 7,100 flight hours in rotary and fixed-wing aircraft.
His military awards and decorations include: Legion of Merit, Air Medal with 30 oak leaf clusters, Air Medal with "V" device, National Defense Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Pennsylvania Commendation Medal, Pennsylvania Service Ribbon and General Thomas Stewart Medal.