Rear Adm. (ret) Michael E. McMahon was commissioned in 1979 from the University of Colorado where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He has also earned a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1986 from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Mechanical Engineering/Materials Science from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1996. He qualified as surface warfare officer, engineering duty officer, and as an acquisition professional in systems engineering, program management, and production management.
McMahon’s sea assignments include engineering tours aboard USS Richard S. Edwards (DD 950), USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67), USS Ranger (CV 61), and USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) as chief engineer. McMahon’s shore assignments include supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair San Francisco, Calif., (Alameda nuclear project office), repair officer, Intermediate Maintenance Facility Pearl Harbor, ship design manager, Future Aircraft Carriers Program (CVNX), Naval Sea Systems Command, PMS-378, and program director, Future Aircraft Carrier Program (CVNX), Naval Sea Systems Command, PMS-378. He has served as engineering and planning officer and business officer at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and IMF. McMahon has also served as executive secretary to the Naval Research Advisory Committee and government advisor to the Defense Science Board.
In August 2004, he reported as supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair, USN, Newport News, Va., responsible for the U.S. Navy’s Aircraft Carrier and Submarine Ship Construction, refueling and repair programs at Northrop Grumman Newport News. In his final assignment, McMahon assumed command as the fifth program executive officer for Aircraft Carriers on Dec. 3, 2007..
McMahon’s decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy Achievement Medal, Liberation of Kuwait Medals (Kuwait and Saudi Arabia), Southwest Asia Service Medal, Navy Expeditionary Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Medal, and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.