Michael A. McKenzie Sr. is a graduate of Myers Park High School, Charlotte, North Carolina, Class of 1994. He joined the United States (U.S.) Army in July of 1994 and has served in numerous military organizations from 1994 to 2016, to include the Special Operations Forces (SOF) community for over 16 years. Beginning in 1996 and ending in 2014 as a soldier, Mr. McKenzie Sr. has deployed to numerous locations throughout his career. Bosnia and Herzegovina, Operation Iraqi Freedom, multiple tours to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Freedom’s Sentinel are just to name a few. Even as a Department of Defense (DoD) Contractor, Mr. McKenzie Sr. continued to serve at the “Tip of the Spear”, most recently between 2018-2019 as a Strategic Planner with the Special Operations Forces community.
Post his last military deployment, Mr. McKenzie Sr. retired as a U.S. Army Ranger Company First Sergeant, Echo Company, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. His awards and decorations include, two (2) Bronze Stars, two (2) Meritorious Service Medals, two (2) Joint Service Commendation Medals, four (4) Army Commendation Medals, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with three (3) Campaign Stars, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Good Conduct Medal (7th award), National Defense Service Medal (2nd award), Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (2nd award), and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal. Mr. McKenzie Sr. has earned the United States Army Ranger Tab (Class 08-09), the Order of Saint Maurice for Outstanding or Conspicuous Contribution to the Infantry, the Combat Action Badge, the Master Parachutist’s Badge, the German and Australian Parachutist Badges and the German Armed Forces badge for Weapons Proficiency.
Mr. McKenzie Sr. has successfully completed his Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice with Honors with the University of Phoenix. He has completed his Master of Business Administration Degree in Strategic Management with Northcentral University (with Honors) and will graduate, Doctoral of Theological Studies degree, year 2020 with Kingdom Truth University. His service to the community includes serving as the Pastor of The Launch Center Ministries (Charlotte, NC), North Carolina Chapter Director for the Birdwell Foundation (Veteran, First Responder, and Family Program against Post Traumatic Stress Disorder-PTSD) and tlc2vets (Veteran Non-Profit).
- 1994-1996: 2nd Armored Calvary Regiment (ACR), Fort Polk, LA
- 1996-1999: 123rd Main Support Battalion (MSB), Germany
- 1999-2001: COSCOM, Fort Bragg, NC
- 2001-2006: United States Army Special Operations Command(USASOC) Fort Bragg,NC
- 2006-2010: Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), Fort Bragg, NC
- 2010-2012: 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Lewis, WA
- 2012-2014: 75th Ranger Regiment Staff
- 2014-2016: Echo Company, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment
Yours in Kingdom Service,
Dr. Michael Mckenzie, Sr.