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Lieutenant Colonel Amy “Krusty” McGrath, U.S. Marine Corps

Amy McGrath graduated from USNA with a B.S. in Political Science in 1997.  While being a midshipman, she was a member of the varsity women’s soccer team and was the Midshipman Director of NAFAC in her senior year.  After her commissioning as a Marine Corps officer and completion of flight school in 1999, she was assigned as a F/A-18 Weapons Systems Officer to Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 121. In 2002, Captain McGrath, deployed to Kyrgyzstan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom flying combat missions in Afghanistan.  In 2003, she completed her second combat tour to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom.

From 2005-06, Capt. McGrath transitioned to become an F/A-18 pilot.  In her second tour with 121, she completed a deployment to East Asia from 2007-09.  In 2010, she deployed to Afghanistan with 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing.  While operational, she accrued approximately 2000 flight hours, and flew 85+ combat missions.  She has flown in multiple exercises in the continental U.S., Alaska, Egypt, Australia, Korea and Japan.

In 2011, Major McGrath was assigned to Capitol Hill as a Congressional Fellow.  She worked in the office of Representative Susan Davis of San Diego as the congresswoman’s defense and foreign affairs policy advisor.  From 2012-13, she served in the Pentagon at Headquarters Marine Corps, Strategy & Plans Division, International Affairs Branch as the Marine Corps’ liaison to other federal government agencies such as the Department of State and US Agency for International Development.

Lieutenant Colonel McGrath holds a Masters of Arts in International/Global Security from The Johns Hopkins University and a Graduate Certificate in Legislative Studies from Georgetown University.  She is a graduate of the Marine Amphibious Warfare School, Marine Fighter Weapons Division Tactics Course, and Marine Corps Command and Staff College.

Her awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, (8) Strike Flight Air Medals, Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, and Iraqi and Afghan (2) Campaign medals. 

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