Brian "BK" McCrary​

MAGTF Instructional Group
USMC (Ret.)

Contact Information

Phone: (703) 432-5276
Areas of Interest: Leadership and Ethics, War, Policy and Strategy, Marine Corps Planning Process, Military History

Civilian Education

Doctoral Candidate in Military History with the University of Leeds
B.A. History, University of Arkansas


Military Education

M.S. National Security Strategy, National War College
M.M.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College
Advanced Operation Studies, Marine Corps School of Advanced Warfighting
Red Team Members Course, University of Foreign Military and Cultural Studies



Mr. McCrary has been an instructor with the MAGTF Instructional Group (MIG) since January of 2013. Prior to teaching at the MIG, Mr. McCrary served in the US Marines from May, 1985 to December 2012. During his last three years in uniform he served as the Director of the Leadership and Ethics Course and the Assistant Director for the War, Policy and Strategy Course at the Marine Corps War College®.


Major Assignments

Jan 13 – Present Instructor, MAGTF Instructional Group (MIG)

Jun 09 – Sep 12 Director, Leadership and Ethics Course, MCWAR

Aug 08 – Jun 09 Student, National War College, Ft McNair

Apr 07 – May 08 Commanding Officer, HMAL/T-303, Camp Pendleton, CA

May 05 – Jan 07 Executive Officer, MAG-39, Camp Pendleton, CA

May 04 – May 05 Operations Officer, MAG-39, Camp Pendleton, CA

Sep 03 – May 04 PACOM Plans Officer, I MEF G-5, Camp Pendleton, CA

Jun 02 – Aug 03 Operational Planner (OIF), I MEF G-3, Camp Pendleton, CA

Jul 01 – Jun 02 Student, School of Advanced Warfighting, Quantico, VA

Jul 00 – Jun 01 Student, Command and Staff College, Quantico, VA

Nov 98– Jul 00 Executive Officer, DoSS and S-4 Officer, HMLA-369, Camp Pendleton, CA

Nov 97 – Nov 98 Human Affairs Officer, MAG-39, Camp Pendleton, CA

Dec 96 – Oct 97 Tactical Platoon Commander, 1st ANGLICO, Camp Pendleton, CA

Aug 95 – Nov 96 MEU Detachment OIC, 1st ANGLICO, Camp Pendleton, CA

Jan 93 – Jul 95 Flight Training Officer, HMT-303, Camp Pendleton, CA

Jul 90 – Jan 93 Quality Assurance Officer, HMLA-367, Camp Pendleton, CA

Apr 90 – Jul 90 Student, AH-1 pilot training, HMT-303, Camp Pendleton, CA

May 88 – Mar 90 Student Pilot, NAS Pensacola, FL

Oct 87 – Apr 88 Student, The Basic School, Quantico, VA

Jun 86 – Aug 86 Candidate, Officers Candidate School, Quantico, VA

May 85 – Jun 86 Enlisted Marine, USMCR, India Co., 3rd Bn, 23rd Marines


Awards and Decorations

Legion of Merit
Distinguished Flying Cross with Combat "V"
Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V" and gold star in lieu of second award
Meritorious Service Medal
Air Medal with Combat "V" and gold star in lieu of second award
Strike/Flight Air Medal with bronze numeral "1"
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star in lieu of second award
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with gold star in lieu of second award
Combat Action Ribbon


Marine Corps University