Captain Mike McClintock is a native of Soda Springs, California and a graduate of CSU Sacramento where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in social science. Designated a naval flight officer in January 1992, he reported to Patrol Squadron 31 at NAS Moffett Field, California for initial training in the P-3C III. In July of 1992, Capt. McClintock joined Patrol Squadron 40 (VP-40) at NAS Moffett Field, California. In December of 1993, VP-40 relocated to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. While attached to VP-40, he served as the ground safety officer, schedules officer, NFO training officer, NFO NATOPS officer, and tactical proficiency course coordinator. He completed three deployments to include: Misawa and Kadena Japan, Diego Garcia and Masirah, Oman. Additionally, he participated in detached operations to Panama, NAS Key West, Florida, and NAF Adak, Alaska.
In September 1996, McClintock reported to Patrol Squadron 30 (VP-30) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida as a fleet replacement instructor NFO. While at the "Pro's Nest", he instructed in the P-3C III and served as the tactical training team (TTT) Tactical Proficiency Course model manager and also as the primary NATOPS evaluator for the navigator/communicator and tactical coordinator officer positions. In April of 1999 McClintock reported aboard the USS Constellation (CV-64) as a catapult and arresting gear officer (shhoter). He completed a deployment to the 5th Fleet AOR in December of 1999. He earned qualifications as mini-boss, instructor shooter and repair locker leader. He served as the V-1 and V-4 division officer. In March of 2001, he reported to Navy Personnel Command in Millington, Tennessee where he served as the VP shore and sea detailer.
In December of 2002 he again joined the "MARLINS" of Patrol Squadron 40. He held department head billets as the tactics, training, and operations officer and as commander task group 57.1 while deployed to Masirah, Oman, in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. During this tour, Captain McClintock earned his master's degree from the school of business at the University of San Diego. In August of 2004, McClintock joined the staff of Commander, Patrol Reconnaissance Wing 10. He served as the operations officer and training officer. He graduated from Air Command and Staff College, earning Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) Phase I credit.
In May of 2008, Captain McClintock reported to VP-40 as the executive officer and assumed command on 1 May 2009. In May of 2009, he deployed to Iraq and Italy as CTG 57.2 and CTG 67.1 respectively. Primarily flying combat operations out of Ali Airbase Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom, the MARLINS returned to NAS Whidbey Island in December of 2009 having executed over 4,800 mishap-free, flight hours and were subsequently awarded the CNAP Battle "E" for 2009. McClintock detached from VP-40 with over 3,700 hours in the P-3 aircraft, May 2010. In June of 2010, he reported to the Joint Staff at the Pentagon where he served in J-5, Strategic Stability Directorate, Strategic Deterrence Nuclear Policy Division.
Most recently, Captain McClintock served as Commander, Task Force 67 (CTF-67) where he was responsible for the Maritime Surveillance and Reconnaissance Force U.S. 6th Fleet and Commander, Maritime Air Control Authority Sigonella supporting three combatant commanders.
Captain McClintock has been awarded the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), Air Medal (1 strike flight), Navy Commendation Medal (4 awards) and Navy Achievement Medal (2 awards) as well as various other unit, service and campaign medals. McClintock assumed command of the University of Idaho NROTC Unit in August 2014.