Lieutenant Colonel Kenneth Rex McGinty
Lieutenant Colonel Kenneth Rex McGinty was commissioned as an Infantry Officer upon graduation from Infantry Officer Candidate School Class 53-67 at Fort Benning, Georgia, in November of 1967. Following IOBC, Airborne, Jungle Warfare and 5th SFG Recondo School, he reported to his first duty assignment as an LRRP Platoon Leader with 75th Ranger Regiment. Upon returning from Vietnam, he transferred into rotary wing aviation.
LTC McGinty's subsequent duty assignments are unknown.
His military education and training consists of: Officer Candidate School, Jungle Warfare Course, Basic Airborne Course, Recondo School, Rotary Wing Aviation Course, Aviation Officers Advanced Course, Computer Technology Course, AH-1G Aviator Qualification Course, Command and General Staff College, AH-64D Aviator Qualification Course, and the US Army War College.
Declining a promotion to Colonel, LTC McGinty retired to pursue a civilian career at Lockheed Martin, ultimately being promoted to Vice President, and working on several advanced weapons platforms for the United States and her allies. Following retirement from Lockheed, LTC McGinty returned to Texas where he was engaged heavily with his community, especially the local FFA, JROTC and University of Texas ROTC. He also founded the CPT Tommy Chenault Memorial Golf Tournament and Scholarship for UT ROTC cadets.
His military awards and decorations include: Legion of Merit (w/OLC), Valorous Unit Citation, Bronze Star (w/V and OLC), RVN Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (w/Palm), Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal (w/OLC), Air Medal (w/V and Numeral 5), Army Commendation Ribbon (w/2 OLC), National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Overseas Service Ribbon (w/2 Bars), RVN Civil Action Medal (2nd Award) and the RVN Campaign Medal (4th Award).