Colonel Michael A. Stinnett is currently the Director of the Army’s JROTC Program and is stationed at Ft. Knox, KY. Previous to this assignment he served as the Division Engineer for the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, New York where he managed all engineering and infrastructure planning and projects for the division. During this time, he also deployed to Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan where he served as the US Forces Afghanistan Joint Engineer Deputy Director and Plans Officer from October 2015 till September 2016. His duties included future planning to support policy and base closure/transfers, programming manpower requirements, and synchronizing theater deconstruction efforts in conjunction with the Resolute Support Joint Engineers in order to look holistically at both NATO and US down-sizing requirements across Afghanistan.
Prior to his time as the 10th Mountain Division Engineer, COL Stinnett has held command and leadership positions at all ranks during his career. Upon selection for battalion command, he commanded the New York City Recruiting Battalion, covering one of the most densely populated portions of the United States, where he worked tirelessly to promote the opportunities and careers available with service in the Army. Prior to his battalion command, COL Stinnett served as the Professor of Military Science at Marshall University, Huntington, WV. Previous assignments include Battalion S3 and XO, 46th Engineer Battalion while deployed to Baghdad, Iraq; Engineer Team Chief, 2-409th CAV (AC/RC), Knoxville, TN where he supported the mobilization and deployment of the 278th ACR, Tennessee National Guard; Company commander, B Company, 2nd Engineer Battalion, Camp Castle, South Korea; Eighth U.S. Army Real Estate Officer, Yongsan, South Korea; Regimental Engineer, 3d Armored Calvary Regiment, Ft. Carson, CO; Assault and Obstacle Platoon Leader, 43d Combat Engineer Company; and Line Platoon Leader, 43d Engineer Company, 3d ACR, Ft. Carson, CO.
COL Stinnett has one combat tour in Iraq and one combat tour in Afghanistan. COL Stinnett graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science degree. He holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Missouri at Rolla and a Master’s Degree from Marshall University. COL Stinnett has attended and graduated from the following Military Schools: Defense Language Institute, Airborne School, Air Assault School, Ranger School, Engineer Basic Course, Engineer Captains’ Career Course, Command and General Staff College, and the USAREC and Engineer Pre Command Courses. COL Stinnett’s military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (5th Award), Army Commendation Medal (2nd Award), Army Achievement Medal (3rd Award), Army Good Conduct Medal, NATO Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Ribbon, Iraq Campaign Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (2nd Award), GWOT Service Medal, Ranger Tab, Airborne Badge, and Air Assault Badge.
COL Stinnett is married to his wife Karina Stinnett. He has two sons (Jordan (17) and Jacob (10)), two daughters (Jenna (10) and Savannah (3)) and one Stepdaughter, Kamila (13).