Daniel McVay

Military Professor National Security Affairs
Lt. Col., U.S. Air Force
Daniel McVay faculty photo


Lt. Col. McVay is a command pilot with over 3,000 hours in the C-17A and KC-135R/T. He most recently served as the deputy commander of the 22d Operations Group, McConnell AFB, Kansas. Previous to that position, he served as the commander, 22d Operations Support Squadron. He served on the Air Mobility Command Staff in multiple planning and programming roles. Additionally, he is a member of AMC's Phoenix Mobility fellowship program, designed to develop officers with a strong foundation in expeditionary mobility operations and senior leader responsibilities. Lt. Col. McVay graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval War College in June 2021.

Contact Information

Areas of Expertise

  • Air Warfare
  • Asia-Pacific
  • Command and Control
  • HA/DR
  • Joint Operations
  • Leadership
  • National Security
  • Operational Warfare

Professional Highlights


Student, Naval War College, Newport RI


Deputy Commander, 22d Operations Group


Commander, 22d Operations Support Squadron

Led largest and most diverse Squadron on base, leading support and operations for over 500 aircrew and mission support personnel, McConnell AFB, KS

Chief, Operational Support/Executive Airlift

Headquarters, Air Mobility Command

Student, US Army Command and General Staff College

Student, Fort Leavenworth KS


Air Mobility Operations Planner, Executive Officer, and Chief of Wing Training, 615/621st Contingency Response Wing, Travis AFB, CA

Pilot, C-17A

Instructor/Evaluator Airdrop/Special Operations, 17th Airlift Squadron, Charleston AFB, SC


M.A., U.S. Naval War College, 2021, National Security and Strategic Studies

M.A., American Military University, 2011, Military Studies

B.A., U.S. Air Force Academy, 2003, Biology

Awards and Decorations

Meritorious Service Medal
Two Oak Leaf Clusters

Air Medal
Five Oak Leaf Clusters

Air Force Commendation Medal
One Oak Leaf Cluster

Humanitarian Service Medal

Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal

Air Force Expeditionary Service Medal
Two Oak Leaf Clusters

Other Honors

Distinguished Graduate
U.S. Naval War College

Distinguished Graduate
Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training

External Memberships and Associations

Air Force Association

Airlift/Tanker Association

Association of Graduates
US Air Force Academy

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