Tidal W. McCoy

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Tidal W. "Ty" McCoy (born 1945) was United States Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Manpower & Reserve Affairs) from 1981 to 1989.


Ty McCoy was born in Gainesville, Florida on April 25, 1945.[1] He was educated at the United States Military Academy at West Point, receiving a B.S. in engineering in 1967.[2]

After graduating from West Point, McCoy joined the United States Army, serving as an Army field artillery officer in command and staff assignments in the United States, Europe, and Vietnam.[1] He left the Army in 1972, and became a member of the Long-Range Planning and Net Assessment Group in the Office of the United States Secretary of Defense.[2] From 1973 to 1977, he was Staff Assistant and later a Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of Defense.[2] In 1977, he was the Scientific Adviser to Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Engineering and Systems David E. Mann.[2] From 1979 to 1981, he was Assistant for National Security Affairs to Sen. Jake Garn (RUtah).[1]

In April 1981, President of the United States Ronald Reagan nominated McCoy to be Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Manpower & Reserve Affairs), and McCoy subsequently held that office for the duration of the Reagan Administration.[2] McCoy also served as the Acting Under Secretary and Acting Secretary of the Air Force for a period of time throughout the Reagan Administration as well.

After leaving government service in 1989, McCoy joined Thiokol as Senior Vice President for Government Relations.[2] He later founded the George Washington National Bank and served as the bank's Vice Chairman.[2] In 1998, he founded Washington Capital Partners, LLC, and has since served as its chairman.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Ronald Reagan: Nomination of Tidal W. McCoy To Be an Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, April 15, 1981
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Profile from Bloomberg BusinessWeek
Government offices
Preceded by
Antonia Handler Chayes
Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Manpower & Reserve Affairs)
1981 – 1988
Succeeded by
Karen R. Keesling