Chief of Staff USFK

Maj. Gen. Michael A. Minihan

Maj. Gen. Michael A. Minihan is the Chief of Staff for the United Nations Command and U.S. Forces Korea at Yongsan Army Garrison, Seoul, South Korea. In this capacity, General Minihan provides day-to-day direction to both a multinational staff assisting the commander in enforcing the Armistice on the Korean Peninsula and also the U.S. staff of a sub-unified command within the U.S. Pacific Command area of responsibility.

General Minihan entered the Air Force in June 1989 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 an airlift squadron, four expeditionary airlift squadrons, two airlift wings and an air expeditionary task force. He also held staff assignments in Headquarters Air Force, U.S. Transportation Command and Headquarters U.S. Forces Korea. Most recently, General Minihan served as Deputy Director for Operations, Headquarters Pacific Command.

General Minihan is a command pilot with more than 3,300 flying hours in the C-130, KC-10, and C-32.

EDUCATION
1989 Bachelor of Science, Economics, Auburn University, Ala.
1997 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, 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 Air Base, Germany
5. 2000 - 2002, Chief, Mobility and Bomber Assignments, Colonels’ Group, Headquarters Air Force, the 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 Garrison, South Korea
10. 2008 - 2009, Executive Officer to the Deputy Commander, U.S. Forces Korea, Yongsan Garrison,
South Korea
11. 2009 - 2010, Vice Commander, 60th Air Mobility Wing, Travis AFB, Calif.
12. 2010 - 2012, Commander, 19th Airlift Wing & Installation, Little Rock AFB, Ark.
13. 2012 - 2013, Commander, 89th Airlift Wing, Joint Base Andrews, Md.
14. 2013 - 2015, Deputy Director for Air and Cyberspace Operations, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Hawaii
15. 2015 - 2017, Deputy Director for Operations and Air Force Element Commander, U.S. Pacific Command, Hawaii
16. 2017- present, Chief of Staff and Air Force Element Commander, United Nations Command and U.S. Forces Korea, Yongsan Army Garrison, South Korea

SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. 2007 - 2008, Transportation Command Liaison Officer to U.S. Forces Korea, Yongsan Garrison, South Korea, as a colonel
2. 2008 - 2009, executive officer to the Deputy Commander, U.S. Forces Korea, Yongsan Garrison, South Korea, as a colonel
3. 2015 - 2017, Deputy Director for Operations, Headquarters, U.S. Pacific Command, Hawaii as a brigadier general
4. 2017- present, Chief of Staff, UN Command and U.S. Forces Korea, Yongsan Garrison, South Korea 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 Frocked