Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Alexander McKinley enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserves in 1995. Upon graduation from Marine Corps Recruit training at Paris Island, SC and the School of infantry at Camp Geiger, NC, he was assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment in Plainville, CT, where he served as a rifleman through squad leader and deployed to Panama in 1997.
In June 2000 after graduating college, LtCol McKinley attended Officer Candidates School, The Basic School and Infantry Officer Course in Quantico, VA. In 2001, LtCol McKinley was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines in Kaneohe Bay, HI, where he served as a Weapons Platoon Commander on the Unit Deployment Program to Okinawa, Japan, the 81mm Mortar Platoon Commander on the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and the Commanding Officer of Company L for Exercise Cobra Gold in Thailand.
In August 2004. LtCol McKinley left active duty and was immediately recalled to service. He was assigned as a Rifle Platoon Commander to Company C, 1st Battalion, 23rd Marines already mobilized to Twentynine Palms, CA, and immediately deployed with them to Hit and Hadith in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
In 2005 upon redeployment from Iraq, LtCol McKinley joined Intelligence Support Battalion in the Marine Corps Reserves in Miramar, CA. He attended Marine Air Ground Task Force Intelligence Officer’s Course and subsequently served on active duty orders until attending Marine Special Operations Selection and Assessment in 2007. Upon selection, he officially returned to active duty and attended the Marine Special Operations Skills and Training Course. Upon graduation, LtCol McKinley was assigned as a Team Leader with 3rd Marine Special Operations Battalion in Camp Lejeune, NC, and deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom Horn of Africa in 2009.
In 2010, LtCol McKinley took command of Company I, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines in Twentynine Palms, CA, and deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom Afghanistan, where the company first assumed control of the Gulastan Valley, then operated in Southern Musa Qala before conducting clearing operations in Sangin. Upon returning from deployment, LtCol McKinley took over as the Battalion’s Operations Officer and again deployed to Sangin in 2011.
Upon return from Afghanistan in 2012, LtCol McKinley left active duty and joined 4th Reconnaissance Battalion, Marine Corps Reserves in San Antonio, TX, where he served as a Company Commander and the Battalion Executive Officer. In 2016, he was assigned to the Operations, Plans and Training Staff at Marine Forces Pacific. In 2017, he was assigned as the Assistant Operations Officer for 25th Marine Regiment. In October 2018, LtCol McKinley assumed command of 1st Battalion, 23rd Marines in Houston, TX.
LtCol McKinley holds a Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Eastern Connecticut State University. He is a graduate of the Amphibious Warfare School Distances Education Seminar Program and the Command and Staff College Distance Education Seminar Program. He currently lives and works as an architect in San Francisco, CA.
His personal awards include the Bronze Star Medal with a combat distinguishing device and gold star in lieu of second award, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star in lieu of second award. The Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medal with a combat distinguishing device and three gold stars in lieu of forth award, and the Combat Action Ribbon with gold star in lieu of second award.