U.S. Army Colonel Gene McConville recently joined the Africa Center for a three-year assignment as Senior Military Advisor, Academic Affairs. Colonel McConville oversees curriculum and program development in the area of International Crisis Response and Management. Prior to joining the Africa Center, Colonel McConville was a Staff Officer, International Security Assistance Force/U.S. Forces Afghanistan.
He received his commission through the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Armor Corps in 1983. Initial assignments included various command and staff positions with the 3rd Armored Division in Germany.
Colonel McConville has significant experience in Africa having served as the Army Attaché to the Federal Republic of Nigeria from 1991-1994. During that assignment, Colonel McConville deployed to Somalia in support of humanitarian relief efforts (Operation Restore Hope) and reported on sectarian violence and the military government. From 1994-1996, Colonel McConville served in South Africa where he helped establish the first post-apartheid security assistance and training program which emphasized Rule of Law, African Peacekeeping/Security, Civil Military Relations, and South African National Defense Force Integration.
Colonel McConville also served in the Republic of Indonesia as the Army Attaché. He focused his reporting efforts on the Post-Suharto de-militarization of the Indonesia’s government structure, the emerging terrorist threat in Indonesia and Southeast Asia, and insurgent activities within Indonesia. From 2002 until 2010, he was assigned to various operational and diplomatic positions in both the Islamic Republics of Afghanistan and Pakistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Colonel McConville earned a Bachelor of Business Administration (Finance) from St. Bonaventure University and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. He also completed the National Security Manager’s Program sponsored by the Elliot School of International Affairs, George Washington University. He is proficient in Indonesian/Malay and has basic skills in Persian Farsi.
Colonel McConville’s awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and Army Achievement Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters.