Colonel Michael C. McCarthy is a native of New York who earned his commission as an Officer of Marines from Officer Candidate School in December 1996.
A career aviation command and control officer, his previous command / officer in charge assignments include duty as the Commanding Officer of 3rd Low Altitude Air Defense (LAAD) Battalion where his unit was named the 2016 Marine Corps Aviation Association Command and Control Unit of the Year. He has also served as the Marine Air Control Group 38 Detachment Officer in Charge with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron (HMM) 364 (Reinforced), 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Platoon Commander and Battery Commander with 3d LAAD Battalion, and LAAD Officer in Charge with HMM-166 (Reinforced), 15th MEU.
Colonel McCarthy’s staff positions include; Air Support Control Officer at Marine Air Support Squadron 3; Battalion Executive Officer at 3d LAAD Battalion; Senior Air Coordinator and Operations Officer at Marine Tactical Air Command Squadron 38; C3 Department Head at Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One; Joint Exercise Planner at U.S. Strategic Command; Executive Officer for Marine Aircraft Group 50; and most recently Deputy Director, C4 Division, Deputy Commandant for Information, Headquarters Marine Corps.
Colonel McCarthy is a Weapons and Tactics Instructor and a graduate of non-resident Expeditionary Warfare School and Marine Corps Command and Staff College. He holds a bachelor’s degree in social sciences from Pace University and a master’s degree in international relations from Creighton University. He served as a national security fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and is an alumni of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI National Security Studies Program. Colonel McCarthy has deployed six times to include three tours in Iraq between 2004 and 2008. His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with gold star, Joint Service Commendation Medal, and Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with three gold stars.