The Army's New Physical Fitness Test
Jun 11, 2019
Colonel Michael McGurk, U.S. Army (Ret)
The Army's New Physical Fitness Test

From his start as a young private in the Connecticut National Guard, Private Michael S. McGurk received an appointment to the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point.  He graduated in 1985 as a 2nd Lieutenant with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science.

Colonel McGurk served in a variety of assignments during his distinguished career, including leadership roles in the 25th Infantry Division (in Hawaii) and 5th Infantry Division (at Fort Polk, Louisiana), and in other Army units as a Rifle Platoon Leader, Staff Officer, and Company Commander.

He graduated with honors from the Operations Research and Systems Analysis course at Fort Lee, Virginia and earned a Masters degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Louisville.

Unique for today's Army, Colonel McGurk served twice in France, first as a Tactics Instructor to the French Military Academy of St. Cyr, and Later as an attaché in Paris.

In 2004, he deployed to Baghdad, Iraq as part of the Multi-National Force-Iraq.

Colonel McGurk's awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Parachutist Badge, the Pathfinder Badge, and the Ranger Tab.  He was also awarded French and British Jump Wings, the French Mountain Commando designation, and the French National Order of Merit.

He is a member of the Board of Directors, West Point Society of Hampton Roads; he also volunteers with the West Point Ring Recovery Program.

Following retirement from active duty in 2011, Michael transitioned to the civil service.  A senior civilian (GS-15) at Fort Eustis, VA, he is Director of Research at the U.S. Army's Center for Initial Military Training, U.S. Army Training & Doctrine Command.  His duties include service-wide oversight of the U.S. Army Combat Fitness Test.

Michael and his wife Angie reside in Hampton, VA.  They enjoy worldwide travel, fine wine, and meeting new friends.  (Michael adds, "BEAT NAVY!")