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Chief of Staff, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command

Major General Michael A. Minihan, USAF

Major General Mike Minihan is the Chief of Staff of Headquarters U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Camp H. M. Smith, Hawaii. He is responsible for the development of plans, policies and procedures to ensure efficient operation and seamless interface between headquarters staffs, component commands and subordinate organizations. He oversees command policies and programs that support the Combatant Commander’s priorities and promotes U.S. interests in the Indo-Pacific region through peace, crisis and war.

General Minihan entered the Air Force in April 1990 after receiving his commission through the ROTC program at Auburn University. He completed undergraduate pilot training in 1991 and served as an aircraft commander, instructor pilot and evaluator pilot in the C-130 Hercules. The general has commanded in garrison, crisis and combat and at the squadron, wing and task force levels. He also held staff assignments at Headquarters Air Force, U.S. Transportation Command and Pacific Air Forces. Most recently, General Minihan served as Chief of Staff for United Nations Command and U.S. Forces Korea.

General Minihan is a command pilot with more than 3,400 flying hours and qualifications in C-130, KC-10, and C-32 aircraft.

EDUCATION
1989 Bachelor of Science, Economics, Auburn University, Ala.
1997 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2002 Masters of Business Administration, Touro University, Vallejo, Calif.
2003 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2007 Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pa.

ASSIGNMENTS
1. 1990 - 1991 Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Columbus AFB, Miss.
2. 1991 - 1994 Aircraft Commander, 61st Airlift Squadron, Little Rock AFB, Ark.
3. 1994 - 1997 Instructor Pilot, 52nd Airlift Squadron, Moody AFB, Ga.
4. 1997 - 2000 Evaluator Pilot, 37th Airlift Squadron, Ramstein AB, Germany
5. 2000 - 2002 Chief, Mobility and Bomber Assignments, Colonels’ Group, Hqs U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
6. 2002 - 2003 Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
7. 2003 - 2006 Operations Officer and Commander, 40th Airlift Squadron, Dyess AFB, Texas.
8. 2006 - 2007 Student, Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pa.
9. 2007 - 2008 Transportation Command Liaison Officer to U.S. Forces Korea, Yongsan Army Garrison, South Korea.
10. 2008 - 2009 Executive Officer to the Deputy Commander, U.S. Forces Korea, Yongsan Army Garrison, South Korea.
11. 2009 - 2010 Vice Commander, 60th Air Mobility Wing, Travis AFB, Calif.
12. 2010 - 2012 Commander, 19th Airlift Wing, Little Rock AFB, Ark.
13. 2012 - 2013 Commander, 89th Airlift Wing, Andrews AFB, Md.
14. 2013 - 2015 Deputy Director for Air and Cyberspace Operations, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Hawaii.
15. 2015 - 2017 Deputy Director for Operations, Headquarters, U.S. Pacific Command, Hawaii.
16. June 2017 – August 2018, Chief of Staff, United Nations Command and U.S. Forces Korea, USAG Yongsan, South Korea
17. August 2018 – January 2019, Chief of Staff, U.S. Forces Korea and U.S. Member to the United Nations Command Military Armistice Commission, USAG Humphreys, South Korea
18. January 2019 – present, Chief of Staff, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Camp H. M. Smith, Hawaii

SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. July 2007 – July 2008, Transportation Command Liaison Officer to U.S. Forces Korea, USAG Yongsan, South Korea, as a colonel
2. July 2008 – July 2009, Executive Officer to the Deputy Commander, U.S. Forces Korea, USAG Yongsan, South Korea, as a colonel
3. June 2015 – June 2017, Deputy Director for Operations, Headquarters, U.S. Pacific Command, Hawaii as a brigadier general
4. June 2017 – August 2018, Chief of Staff, United Nations Command and U.S. Forces Korea, USAG Yongsan, South Korea, as a major general
5. August 2018 – January 2019, Chief of Staff, U.S. Forces Korea and U.S. Member to the United Nations Command Military Armistice Commission, USAG Humphreys, South Korea, as a major general
6. January 2019 – Present, Chief of Staff, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Camp H. M. Smith, Hawaii, as a major general

FLIGHT INFORMATION
Rating: Command pilot
Flight hours: More than 3,400
Aircraft flown: T-37, T-38, C-130, KC-10, C-32

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant Nov.12, 1989
First Lieutenant Nov. 12, 1991
Captain Nov.12, 1993
Major March 1, 2001
Lieutenant Colonel April 1, 2004
Colonel Sept.1, 2007
Brigadier General March 2, 2015
Major General July 3, 2018



(Current as of February 2018)