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LTC Omar L. McKen



Lieutenant Colonel Omar L. McKen assumed command of the Army Field Support Battalion- Mannheim, Germany, on June 26, 2023.

LTC McKen enlisted in the U.S. Navy in May 1998, attended basic training at Great Lakes, Illinois, and the Aviation Machinist Mate ‘A’ School training at Pensacola, Florida. His past assignments as a Sailor were at the Naval Air Station, Sigonella, Italy and the Navy Recruiting District, New York City, New York.

He attended Officer Candidate School and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Ordnance Corps in April 2006, and completed the Ordnance Basic Course in September 2006. His past assignments include platoon leader and executive officer, 8th Ordnance Company, 507th Corps Support Battalion (Airborne), 507th Corps Support Group (Airborne), XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg (known as Fort Liberty since 2023), North Carolina; maintenance and transportation officer, 7th Transportation Battalion, 82nd Sustainment Brigade, Fort Bragg; security corporations officer in Afghanistan; munitions officer, 194th Combat Sustainment Battalion, Camp Humphreys, South Korea; commander, 52nd Ordnance Company, 6th Ordnance Battalion, South Korea; ROTC instructor at The Citadel, Charleston, South Carolina; brigade S3 (Operations) for the 595th Transportation Brigade (Surface Deployment and Distribution Command) in Kuwait; battalion support operations officer and executive officer, 189th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 82nd Sustainment Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division; joint logistic officer to the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Defense, U.S. Army Security Assistance Support Activity, U.S. Military Training Mission Saudi Arabia; and deputy, Operational Contract Support, 21st Theater Sustainment Command.

LTC McKen has a Bachelor of Science in sociology and a master’s degree in managerial science. His military schools include the Ordnance Officer Basic Course, the Combined Logistics Captains Career Course, the Command and General Staff College, and the Petroleum and Water Officer Course.

His awards and decorations include the five Army Meritorious Service Medals, Joint Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Navy Achievement Medal, two Navy Good Conduct Medal, the Navy Unit Commendation, and the Iraqi and Afghanistan campaign ribbons.

LTC McKen is married and has two sons.