CDR Michael McGlynn enlisted in the United States Navy in January 1992 and completed basic training at Recruit Training Center Orlando. He graduated from Naval Nuclear Power School and Nuclear Prototype Training Unit - Ballston Spa before receiving his first fleet assignment to USS Seahorse (SSN 669) at Naval Submarine Base Charleston. After decommissioning the USS Seahorse, he joined USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN 730) at Naval Submarine Base Bangor. While serving aboard USS Henry M. Jackson he selected for the Enlisted Commissioning Program and attended the Ohio State University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering.
He completed initial E-2 training and earned his wings of gold on September 14, 2001. He was assigned to the VAW-121 BLUETAILS and served as the COMM/CMS Officer, the Personnel Officer and the Line Division Officer while deploying aboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) and USS George Washington (CVN 73) in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM. After his tour with the BLUETAILS, CDR McGlynn joined VAW-120 as the NFO Training Officer and the Training Officer from February 2005-February 2008. He rejoined the operational E-2 fleet with the VAW-124 BEAR ACES in February 2010, serving as the Operations Officer and the Maintenance Officer and deploying aboard USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) on her maiden deployment in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and NEW DAWN.
His staff tours include assignments to United States Fleet Forces Command and United States Second Fleet serving as Aide to the Deputy Commander and the Commander respectively. On the Joint Staff he served as the joint fires and maneuver analyst for the Joint Coalition Operational Analysis Division. He attended the Naval War College from October 2008 to November 2009 earning his JPME Phase 1 qualification and Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies. He continued his professional military education at the Joint Staff College’s Joint and Combined Warfighting School where earned his JPME Phase II qualification.
CDR McGlynn has over 350 arrested landings and over 2,600 flight hours. His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Strike/Flight Air Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal, the Navy Achievement Medal as well as other individual, unit and campaign awards.