DEPUTY TO THE GARRISON COMMANDER - U.S. ARMY GARRISON - FORT DRUM
Michael H. McKinnon
Michael H. McKinnon is currently serving as the Deputy to the Garrison Commander at Fort Drum, New York. In this capacity, he exercises executive leadership, provides policy and programmatic oversight to a broad range of installation programs and represents the commander in his absence. He is responsible for managing the day-to-day base operations for the installation and tenant activities and for providing administrative program direction to various directors and special staff in finance, logistics, police and fire services, information technology, housing, engineering and environmental, mobilization/deployments, community activities, family programs and in the personnel arena.
Previously retired from the U.S. Army as a Lieutenant Colonel, McKinnon experienced many varied assignments, including more than six years in leadership positions on Garrison staff. Other military assignments include; Infantry Platoon Leader, Support Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, and Battalion Maintenance Officer in 1st Battalion, 39th Infantry, 2nd Brigade, 8th Infantry Division (M) at Baumholder, Germany.
Also, he was assigned to 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry, 2d Brigade, 101st Infantry Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, KY where he served as the Commander of Delta Company, and the 2d Brigade Logistics Officer (S4). From August 1985 to June 1989, McKinnon was assigned at Carlisle Barracks, PA, home of the U.S. Army War College, where he served as the Director of Plans, Training and Security and later as the U.S. Army Garrison Executive Officer. From June 1989 to June 1991, he served as a supply staff officer assigned to the J-4 Staff, Headquarters, Eighth U.S. Army, Yongsan, Korea.
His first formal introduction to Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division was during his assignment to 2nd Brigade where he served as the Logistics Officer (S4) and later as Battalion Executive Officer, 3rd Battalion 14th Infantry which saw service in Somalia during Operation Restore Hope, 1992-1993.
Upon redeployment from Somalia, McKinnon returned to Fort Leavenworth, KS and was assigned as a Staff Leader at the Combined Arms Services Staff School from 1993-1995. He returned to the 10th Mountain Division again in 1995 where he served as Deputy Chief of Staff, Deputy G-3 and Director of Logistics from June 1995 to December 1997.
McKinnon’s final active duty assignment returned him to the Ohio State University where he served as Battalion Commander/Professor of Military Science for the Buckeye Battalion from December 1997 to August 2001.
After retirement from active duty, McKinnon was employed with Gwynn Vaughan Insurance Inc. until he returned to Fort Drum where he served as the Director of Logistics from August 2005 through March 2011.
McKinnon’s education includes a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Studies from The Ohio State University and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Shippensburg University. He also attended the Command General Staff College from 1990 to 1991 at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
McKinnon’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (6 awards), Superior Civilian Service Award, Army Commendation Medal (5 awards), Commander’s Award for Civilian Service, Army Achievement Medal (3 awards), the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Expert Infantry Badge, Ranger Tab and the Parachutist and Air Assault badges.