Major General Michael F. Fahey III was commissioned in 1987 after graduating from the University of San Diego, California. His initial assignment, after graduation from The Basic School and Infantry Officer Course, was to Third Battalion, Ninth Marines Camp Pendleton, California where he served as a Rifle Platoon Commander, Weapons Platoon Commander, and Company Executive Officer. He deployed with his unit in support of Operation Desert Shield/Storm.
After completing his tour of active duty, Captain Fahey joined the Marine Corps Reserve in 1995 and served as a Logistics/S-4 Officer, 4th Medical Battalion, San Diego, California.
In May 1997, he transitioned to the Intelligence Field where he served as an Intelligence Analyst with the Joint Detachment San Diego, California and the Joint Intelligence Center Pacific (JICPAC), Honolulu, Hawaii until May 2000.
In August 2000, he joined 4th Force Reconnaissance Company, Reno, Nevada where he served as the Intelligence Office through November 2003. While assigned to 4th Force Reconnaissance Company, he was mobilized and deployed to serve with 1st Force Reconnaissance Company for Operation Iraqi Freedom as an Intelligence Officer and P-3 Orion Aerial Observer.
From January 2004 to April 2005, he served as Deputy Director, Joint Detachment San Diego, California, Joint Intelligence Center Pacific (JICPAC), Honolulu, Hawaii.
After his second tour with JICPAC, he was selected to serve with Alpha Company from April 2005 - August 2006 as the first Commanding Officer, Intelligence Support Battalion San Diego, California.
From August 2006 to September 2008, he was selected and served as the Commanding Officer, 4th Force Reconnaissance Company in Alameda, California.
After his second tour of duty with 4th Force Reconnaissance Company, he served as Deputy Director from November 2008 to August 2010 at Joint Detachment Denver, Colorado, Joint Intelligence Operations Center (JIOC), Honolulu, Hawaii.
From August 2010 to September 2013, he served as Officer in Charge (OIC) and Faculty Member at the National Intelligence University, Defense Intelligence Agency, Washington D.C.
Following his duty at the Defense Intelligence Agency, Colonel Fahey was selected to serve with Intelligence Support Battalion, New Orleans, Louisiana from September 2013 - June 2015 as the Commanding Officer.
From August 2015 to August 2016, he was mobilized as the Deputy for Operations in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel to the Office of the Defense Representative, Pakistan (ODRP).
From 13 August 2016 to 3 August 2018, he served as Commanding General, Force Headquarters Group, Marine Forces Reserves in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Major General Fahey’s service education includes completion of U.S. Marine Corps Command & Staff College, U.S. Naval War College, U.S. Air War College, and the U.S. Army War College. He is a graduate of the Canadian Armed Forces Command & Staff College, Advanced Joint Professional Military Education, and the Defense Intelligence Agency, Post-Graduate Intelligence Program, and the Harvard Kennedy School Senior Executives in National and International Security Program. He is a graduate of Harvard University Extension School with a Masters in Liberal Arts and the U.S. Army Airborne and Ranger School. He is also a graduate of the Combined, Joint Force Land Component Commander course (C/JFLCC), Senior Joint Information Operations Application Course (SJIOAC), and the National Defense University’s CAPSTONE General and Flag Officers course.
Major General Fahey’s awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and Combat Action Ribbon with Gold Star.