Colonel MICHAEL G. McCARTHY

Col. Michael G. McCarthy is the Commander, 8th Operations Group, Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea. He is responsible for the conduct of conventional air-to-ground and air-to-air missions in support of armistice and wartime taskings to defend the Republic of Korea. 

Col. McCarthy commissioned in 2002 upon graduation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has completed four operational F-16 assignments, including command at the squadron level, and has deployed in support of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM, and NEW DAWN. He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Weapons School, Air Command and Staff College, National Intelligence University, and National Defense University. Prior to his current position, he served as Senior Military Evaluator, Air Warfare Systems, for the Director, Operational Test & Evaluation in the Office of the Secretary of Defense

EDUCATION
2002   Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts
2008   Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Alabama, Distinguished Graduate
2009   United States Air Force Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nevada
2013   Master of Science, Military Operational Art & Strategy, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
2015   Master of Science, Strategic Intelligence, National Intelligence University, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C.
2020   Master of Science, National Security Resource Strategy, National Defense University’s Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C., Distinguished Graduate

ASSIGNMENTS
1.   July 2002 - September 2003, Student, Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training, Columbus AFB, Mississippi
2.   December 2003 - September 2004, Student, F-16 Basic Course, Luke AFB, Arizona
3.   September 2004 - September 2007, Assistant Chief of Weapons, Chief of Scheduling, 23rd Fighter Squadron, Spangdahlem AB, Germany
4.   September 2007 - December 2008, Flight Commander, 80th Fighter Squadron, Kunsan AB, Republic of Korea
5.   January 2009 - June 2009, Assistant Chief of Weapons, 23rd Fighter Squadron, Spangdahlem AB, Germany
6.   July 2009 - December 2009, Student, U.S. Air Force Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nevada
7.   January 2010 - February 2011, Weapons Officer, 23rd Fighter Squadron, 22d Fighter Squadron, and 480th Fighter Squadron, Spangdahlem AB, Germany
8.   February 2011 - August 2014, Weapons & Tactics Flight Commander and Lead Evaluator, 86th Fighter Weapons Squadron, Eglin AFB, Florida
9.   August 2014 - June 2015, Student, National Intelligence University, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C.
10.  August 2015 - April 2016, Director of Operations, 51st Operations Support Squadron, Osan AB, Republic of Korea
11.  May 2016 - July 2018, Commander, 36th Fighter Squadron, Osan AB, Republic of Korea
12.  July 2018 - June 2019, Deputy Director, Seventh Air Force Operations and Plans, Osan AB, Republic of Korea
13.  July 2019 - June 2020, Student, Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C. 
14.  June 2020 - March 2022, Operations Research Analyst, Cost Assessment & Program Evaluation, Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
15.  April 2022 - May 2023, Senior Military Evaluator, Air Warfare Systems, for the Director, Operational Test & Evaluation,  Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
16.  June 2023 - Present, Commander, 8th Operations Group, Kunsan AB, Republic of Korea

SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1.   June 2020 - March 2022, Operations Research Analyst, Cost Assessment & Program Evaluation, Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
2.   April 2022 - May 2023, Senior Military Evaluator, Air Warfare Systems, for the Director, Operational Test & Evaluation, Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

FLIGHT INFORMATION
Rating: Command Pilot
Flight Hours: more than 2000, including 149 combat hours
Primary Aircraft Flown: F-16, T-38, T-37

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Superior Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Medal
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation medal with two oak leaf clusters

(Current as of June 2023)