Michael P. O'Hara, CDR
Permanent Military Professor
Deputy Chair (Acting)
Warfare Analysis & Research
Commander Michael O’Hara is a Permanent Military Professor at the U.S. Naval War College and serves as the Deputy Chair (Acting) of the Warfare Analysis and Research department. He will begin doctoral studies in in Fall 2011. He recently completed his fourth combat deployment to the Middle East with Carrier Air Wing SEVEN in USS DWIGHT D EISENHOWER (CVN 69) in support of US/NATO operations in Afghanistan.
A native of Chicago, Illinois, CDR O’Hara received his commission from the United States Naval Academy in May 1995. He was designated a Naval Flight Officer in January 1997 and earned qualification as an S-3B Level IV Mission Commander in Sea Control Squadron TWO TWO (VS-22).
As the S-3B Viking retired from service, CDR O’Hara transitioned to a career in Naval Intelligence. His intelligence assignments include Office of Naval Intelligence, Combined Forces Command-Afghanistan in Kabul, and Carrier Air Wing SEVEN.
CDR O’Hara’s operational experience includes deployments in USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65), USS HARRY S TRUMAN (CVN 75), USS DWIGHT D EISENHOWER (CVN 69) and Combined Forces Command, Afghanistan (CFC-A) in Kabul for Operations DESERT FOX, SOUTHERN WATCH, DELIBERATE FORGE, and ENDURING FREEDOM. Additionally, CDR O’Hara served as an instructor at the Naval Academy Preparatory School.
CDR O'Hara holds a B.S. in English from the U.S. Naval Academy, an M.A. in English from University of Rhode Island, and an M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies (with Highest Distinction) from the Naval War College. His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (2), Army Commendation Medal, and the Navy Achievement Medal (2).
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