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U.S. Marine Corps Reserve
Marine Corps Detachment Commander
Joint Enabling Capabilities Command

Col. Michael McCarthy was commissioned in the United States Marine Corps in 1998.  He is an infantry officer currently serving in the Marine Corps Reserve.

He completed active-duty assignments with 2d Battalion, 8th Marines and the Chemical Biological Incident Response Force, deploying overseas with each. 

He left active duty in 2004 to study law, joining the Marine Corps Reserve. He previously commanded at the company and battalion level with 3d Battalion, 25th Marines. His staff assignments include service as a congressional fellow and a Marine Expeditionary Unit Future Operations officer.  He also served as operations officer for an Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company and as executive officer at both a Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion and an Infantry Regiment. 

He assumed duties as officer in charge of the Joint Enabling Capabilities Command Marine Detachment in May of 2022. 

McCarthy has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Dayton, a Certificate in Legislative Studies from Georgetown University, a Master of Science degree from the National Defense University, and a Juris Doctorate from the Case Western Reserve University. 

In his civilian life, McCarthy is an attorney and consultant.