Dr. Michael E. Lynch is senior historian at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. where he conducts research on national security issues, providing a historical context for contemporary decisions for the Army’s senior leaders. He is also an assistant professor at the US Army War College, where he serves as seminar historian and electives instructor and Senior Leader Seminar facilitator. From 2005 to 2012, Lynch served as Chief, Educational and Historical Programs at USAHEC where he supervised the lecture and intern programs as well as coordinating school group visits to USAHEC.
In 2017, Dr. Lynch deployed briefly to Iraq and Kuwait to collect historical data on the Combined Forces Land Component Command (CFLCC) – Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR). The interviews and other data he collected there will become part of the Army’s official history of OIR.
His personal publications include Edward M. Almond and the US Army: From the 92nd Infantry Division to the X Corps (University Press of Kentucky, 2019);
“The American Way of Post-War: The Liberty Dilemma,” in Drawdown: The American Way of Postwar (NYU Press, 2016); and “‘Not Due to Vicious Habits’: Local Black Veterans’ Struggle for Civil War Pensions,” in Black History of Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, 1860-1936 (Shippensburg, PA: Shippensburg University Press, 2005).
He holds a Ph.D. in History from Temple University, a Graduate Certificate in Public History from Shippensburg University, an MA in History from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a BA in English from East Tennessee State University. He received a regular US Army commission through the ROTC program at ETSU, and retired in 2005 after 21 years on active duty.
Dr. Lynch and his wife Machele, a middle school math teacher, have three children. 2LT Catherine XiMei Lynch has followed her mother and grandmother into the Army, and serves as an Engineer officer. Elizabeth Xiao Liwu Lynch attends Penn State University and Joseph Xuan Thai Lynch is a senior in high school. Befitting a military family, the Lynches favorite group activity is travel with at least one “big” trip every year.
When Dr. Lynch is not researching or writing, traveling for work or with his family, or working with the local Boy Scout Troop 173, Dr. Lynch may be found training for triathlons. He is a 2x Ironman triathlete and races to raise money for the Fisher House Foundation, which provides a “home away from home” for families of wounded and seriously ill servicemembers.