Last Updated: 17 Mar, 2023 | Views: 79
Other Profession(s): Military Officer
Higher Education: Graduated
Michael D. Lumpkin is a former naval officer from America who is now a successful businessman. Until January 2017, he worked for the U.S. Department of State as a special envoy and the director of the center's global engagement. He served as Special Operations and Low-Intensity War Assistant Secretary of Defense from 2013 to 2016. He also filled the third-highest civilian position in the US Department of Defense at the time—the position of acting Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. Lumpkin is regarded as an accomplished turnaround specialist and crisis management.
In 1989: He subsequently attended Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training (BUD/S) with class 162 at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado.
In 2001: Lumpkin was given the responsibility of overseeing the readiness and training of all West Coast SEAL Teams.
In 2007: Lumpkin stepped down as a US Navy officer.
In 2010: Lumpkin joined the Department of Veterans Affairs as deputy chief of staff for operations and senior advisor to the secretary.
In 2022: He was appointed to serve on the Afghanistan War Commission by the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Achievements and Awards:
Along with his more than 40 accolades and citations from his tenure as a naval officer in both peace and conflict, Lumpkin has twice received the Department of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service, the highest civilian honour bestowed by the DoD. In addition, he has twice received the Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence and the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service.
In his nine operational tours, Lumpkin led teams in counterinsurgency and counternarcotics operations in Iraq, the Horn of Africa, Afghanistan, and the Philippines, among other places.
He started his SEAL career as a member of SEAL Team Four, participating in counterdrug operations in Latin America, primarily out of Panama.
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