Michael Carey (United States Air Force officer)
Michael J. Carey
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/||United States Air Force|
|Years of service||1978–2014|
|Rank||Major general (retired as a brigadier general due to time-in-grade requirements)|
|Awards||Defense Superior Service Medal (2)|
Legion of Merit (2)
Michael J. Carey is an American entrepreneur and one of four founders of ATLAS Space Operations, Inc. Upon retiring after 32 years of military service, he became CEO and President of AAC Microtec North America, Inc., founded M. Carey Consultants, LLC, and CompressWave, LLC. He is a retired American military officer who served in the United States Air Force. Enlisted on Sep 17, 1977, he retired on June 1, 2014 as a brigadier general, after 32 years of military service.
Carey enlisted in the Air Force in 1977. On April 29, 1983, he became a second lieutenant; on August 5, 1985 – first lieutenant; on August 5, 1987 – captain; on November 11, 1994 – major; on January 1, 1998 – lieutenant colonel; on August 1, 2002 – colonel; on November 14, 2008 – brigadier general; and on November 2, 2011, he was promoted to major general. His assignments included serving as Deputy Director, Global Operations, Global Operations Directorate, USSTRATCOM (March 2008 – August 2010); Chief, USSTRATCOM Forward Integration Team, Kabul, Afghanistan (June 2009 – August 2009); Deputy Director, Command, Control and Nuclear Operations (J3), Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. (August 2010 – June 2012), among others.
Upon retirement from the USAF, Gen Carey founded a consultancy, M. Carey Consultants, LLC as a Michigan-based small business that provides leadership training and advising, as well as defense-related advice to clients.
On July 14–18, 2013, Carey took part in the work of the Bilateral Presidential Commission, Military Cooperation Working Group during the two-day U.S.-Russian Federation Nuclear Security Exercise 2013 in Sergeiv Posad, Moscow, Russia. He headed the Department of Defense delegation, which consisted of three commissioned officers and five civilian personnel from DOD. In October 2013, Carey was relieved of his command of the 20th Air Force and Task Force (TF) 214 by Lieutenant General James Kowalski, commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, after an examination of Carey's behavior in Moscow conducted by the US Air Force Office of Special Investigations. A delegation member representing the Office of the Secretary of Defense with a first-hand knowledge of the incident, whose name was not revealed, triggered the investigation by reporting it to the superiors. Later, she told the investigators, "I realized that this was putting us all at risk, especially Russia and women, and I just wanted nothing to do with that".
The Washington Post wrote that Carey drank excessively during his visit to Russia, and fraternized with foreign women. The New York Times claimed that Carey's behavior during the official meetings was not appropriate, including "interrupting speakers and correcting a Russian translator", and that he was over drinking during the visit, and once attempted to play with a restaurant band. Under the Freedom of Information Act, American journalists filed a request and received a redacted copy of the official Report of Investigations Concerning Major General Michael J. Carey. The report revealed that Carey's behavior was considered by his colleagues as rude toward the Russian hosts during the exercise and related briefings, especially, when he made comments about Syria and Snowden.
As a reprimand, Carey was given a "letter of counseling". He was relieved of his duties and assigned as a special assistant to the commander of the U.S. Air Force Space Command Gen. William L. Shelton, who issued a statement: "This was an unfortunate incident, Major General Carey has otherwise served the nation extremely well". On April 10, 2014, it was announced that Carey would retire on June 1, 2014, in the rank of brigadier general.
- 1982 Bachelor of Arts degree in history, University of Central Florida, Orlando
- 1986 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
- 1988 Master of Public Administration degree, University of Oklahoma, Norman
- 1995 Air Command and Staff College (distinguished graduate), Maxwell AFB, Ala.
- 1998 Armed Forces Staff College, Joint and Combined Staff Officer School, Norfolk, Va.
- 1999 Air War College, by correspondence
- 2001 Master of Arts degree in national security and strategic studies (with distinction), Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
- 2005 National Security Fellow, Maxwell School, Syracuse University, N.Y.
- 2008 National Committee on U.S.-China Relations China Seminar, New York
- 2010 U.S.-Russia Course, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
Awards and decorations
|Command Space Operations Badge|
|Master Aircrew Badge (Officer)|
|Master Missile Operations Badge|
|Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge|
- "Major General Michael J. Carey". United States Air Force. Retrieved December 19, 2013.
- (www.mcareyconsultants.com and http://www.record-eagle.com/news/business/ atlas-officer-talks-about-leading-from-the-middle/article_8002524a- d037-5df0-8067-b990f728bde9.html)
- "20th Air Force commander relieved of command" (Press release). Air Force Global Strike Command Public Affairs. October 11, 2013. Archived from the original on December 20, 2013. Retrieved December 19, 2013.
- The Inspector General of the Air Force. Report of Investigations (Case S8011P)Concerning Major General Michael J. Carey.. October 2013. (Declassified.) Retrieved December 20, 2013.
- Whitlock, Craig (December 19, 2013). "Report: U.S. Air Force general drank too much, fraternized with foreign women in Moscow". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 19, 2013.
- Steinhauer, Jennifer. Air Force Removed General Over Drunken Behavior in Moscow.The New York Times, December 20, 2013. Retrieved December 20, 2013.
- "Former 20th Air Force commander fired after Russia trip will retire as 1-star". militarytimes.com. April 10, 2014. Retrieved November 11, 2015.
- Media related to Michael J. Carey at Wikimedia Commons