LTC Michael G. McLendon is a U.S. Army Special Forces Officer who received a Regular Army Commission as a 2nd Lieutenant through the Reserve Officer’s Training Corps as a Military Intelligence Officer.
LTC McLendon’s past assignments include Brigade and Battalion Assistant Intelligence Officer in the 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Ft. Campbell, KY. He also served as an Intelligence and Surveillance Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer in the 311th Military Intelligence Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).
LTC McLendon was then assigned to 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), where he served as an Operational Detachment Alpha Commander and as the 3d Special Forces Group (Airborne) Headquarters Company Commander.
Following his company command at 3d Special Forces Group Headquarters, LTC McLendon was assigned to the 1st Special Forces Training Group (A) at Ft. Bragg, NC as a Small Group Unconventional Warfare Instructor for the Special Forces Qualification Course. He then attended the Mubarak Al Abdullah Joint Command and Staff College (Ministry of Defense), in Kuwait City, Kuwait as a foreign exchange student. Upon completion of the Joint Command and Staff College, he returned to Ft. Bragg, NC and served as the Operations Officer (S3) for 2nd Battalion (Special Operations Advanced Skills Battalion), 1st Special Warfare Training Group (A). LTC McLendon then assumed command of Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 3d Special Forces Group (A) and deployed to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. After successful completion of company command, he became the Operations Officer (S3) for 3d Special Forces Group (A) at Ft. Bragg, NC.
LTC McLendon was then assigned to Special Operations Central Command (SOCCENT) at MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, FL as the Chief of Operations for the Combined Forces Special Operations Command Forward in Qatar, and then served duties as the Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq Grounds Operations Officer. He was then assigned as the SOCCENT J37 Division Chief for the Joint Readiness Division.
LTC McLendon completed several overseas deployments in Support of the Global War On Terrorism as an Operational Detachment Commander, Headquarters Company Commander, Special Forces Company Commander, and Staff Officer.
LTC McLendon’s education consists of the Military Intelligence Officer’s Basic Course, Infantry Officers Captains Career Course, Combined Arms & Service Staff School, Special Forces Qualification Course, Intermediate Level Education Course, Total Army Instructors Course, and the Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape Course. He has a Masters of Administration in Human Resources and Development, Webster University, St. Louis, MO; Masters of Science from the Mubarak Al Abdullah Joint Command and Staff College (Ministry of Defense), Kuwait City Kuwait; and a Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice, Florida A&M University.
LTC McLendon has been awarded the following badges and tabs: Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Infantry Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, High Altitude & Low Opening Badge, Air Assault Badge, Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab, and Basic Recruiters Badge.