Carnegie Mellon University

Photo of Captain William McKinneyCOMMANDING OFFICER


Captain McKinney is a Navy junior and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science in Naval Architecture.  He holds a Master of Science (Engineering) in Engineering Management from the Catholic University of America.

His sea tours include junior officer assignments aboard USS HOUSTON (SSN 713), Navigation/Operations Officer aboard USS ALBUQUERQUE (SSN 706), Executive Officer aboard USS KENTUCKY (SSBN 737)(GOLD), Deputy Commander Submarine Squadron SIXTEEN, Commanding Officer of USS WYOMING (SSBN 742)(BLUE), and Commanding Officer of USS FLORIDA (SSGN 728)(GOLD).

Staff assignments include Company Officer at the United States Naval Academy, Operations Officer for the Defense Liaison Division at the Pentagon, Executive Officer of the Pacific Submarine Tactical Readiness Team, Executive Assistant to the Commander, Submarine Forces Pacific, Chief of Staff to the Director of Operations (J3) at United States European Command, and Chief of Staff to the Director of Plans and Policy (J5) at United States Strategic Command.

While at the Naval Academy, Captain McKinney taught Leadership and Law, Seamanship and Navigation, and Naval Architecture. 

Captain McKinney was the third American to complete the Royal Navy’s Submarine Commanders’ Course (the “Perisher”) and has sailed aboard several Royal Navy submarines as well as a Japanese Maritime Self Defense submarine. 

His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, and the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal.  He is most proud of the unit awards earned by his shipmates, including back-to-back Battle Efficiency awards aboard FLORIDA. 

Captain McKinney and his wife Laura, a Pittsburgh native, are the parents of twin boys, Liam and Adam, who are ten years old.  In his spare time, he plays goalie on adult hockey leagues and coaches boys’ lacrosse and hockey.