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Commander McHenry enlisted in the United States Navy in 1992.  He attended basic training at Recruit Training Command Orlando, Florida and upon completion, transferred to Nuclear Field Machinist’s Mate “A” School; however, he was disenrolled in October 1992 and transferred to USS Nimitz (CVN 68) in Bremerton, Washington as an undesignated Fireman.
After working in several departments onboard Nimitz, he was advanced to Yeoman Third Class.  He worked in both the Engineering Log Room and Reactor Department as a Yeoman, making two Western Pacific deployments on Nimitz in support of Operation Southern Watch following the first Gulf War.  He transferred from Nimitz as a Yeoman Second Class in October 1996 to Naval Special Warfare Center, San Diego, California.
His tour of duty at Naval Special Warfare Center spanned nearly seven years.  He served as an Administrative Assistant and Administrative Department Leading Petty Officer.  While attached to the Center, he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego.  He detached from the Center as a Yeoman First Class to USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) in September 2003.  He served as the Ship’s Secretary and Leading Petty Officer on board Lake Champlain, deploying in support of the 2004 Rim of the Pacific Exercise.  He transferred as a Yeoman Chief Petty Officer to Yeoman “C” School in Meridian, Mississippi prior to arriving at U.S. Joint Forces Command, Standing Joint Force Headquarters as the Flag Writer in November 2005.
He was selected for the Limited Duty Officer program in February 2007 and transferred to USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) in November 2007 where he served as the Ship’s Secretary, Educational Services Officer, and Personnel Officer.  During his tour on board Truman, he deployed twice to the Arabian Gulf in support of Fifth and Sixth Fleet AORs.  He qualified as Officer of the Deck (Underway) and earned his Surface Warfare Officer designation.  In July 2010, he transferred to Naval Air Station, Sigonella, Italy where he served as the base Administrative Officer.  While attached to NAS Sigonella, he supported a base of 4,900 military, civilian, and dependent personnel and provided outstanding support during Operations Odyssey Dawn and Unified Protector.   From January 2014 to February 2016, he served as the Officer in Charge, Personnel Support Detachment Bahrain, supporting U.S. Central Command, Fifth Fleet, and all ships and units transiting in and out of the AOR.  Additionally, he earned his Master of Business Administration from Liberty University.  In March 2016, he reported to Commander, Navy Personnel Command where he served as the Admin Officer and Branch Head for Career Progression (PERS-8).  In June 2018, he was selected to serve as Flag Secretary/Deputy Executive Assistant for the Assistant Commander, Navy Personnel Command for Career Management (PERS-4).  He laterally transferred to Human Resources Officer in August 2019 and completed his Senior Professional in Human Resources certification in December 2019 before transferring in July 2020 to USS Harry S Truman (CVN 75).  From August 2020 to August 2022, he served as the Training Officer, taking Truman through the Optimized Fleet Response Plan and a nine-month deployment to the Sixth Fleet AOR in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.  In October 2022, he checked onboard Naval Information Forces in Suffolk, VA as the Deputy N1, where he was promoted to Commander.  Following a successful tour at the Information Warfare TYCOM, he reported to Recruit Training Command as the Executive Officer in April 2024.
Commander McHenry’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (3), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (5), Military Outstanding Volunteer Medal, and other various unit, campaign, and service awards.