MSHS, Emergency and Disaster Management, Touro University
BS, Chemistry, Kennesaw State University
Associate of Applied Science, Community College of the Air Force
Brad McKinney began his career at GPSTC as full-time Instructor with the Georgia Police Academy (GPA) Counter Terrorism Training Section in August 2016, after serving as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician for the past 27 years.
In 2003 Brad deployed to Baghdad, Iraq conducting Counter Improvised Explosive Device and Anti-Terrorism Force Protection Missions, earning his Air Force Commendation with Valor, Combat Action, and Iraqi Campaign Medals. In 2011 Brad deployed to Afghanistan, conducting Counter Insurgency Operations as well as managing 41 EOD and K-9 teams from nine different countries, earning the Bronze Star Medal and Afghanistan Campaign Medal.
Brad brings years of comprehensive defense industry expertise where he has served in a variety of operational and managerial capacities with increasing levels of skill and responsibility. Specifically, prior to joining Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC), he served the last 3.5 years directing an emergency response and mitigation program consisting of 25 sub-organizations and a tactical training facility, establishing educational policy, plans future directions for curriculum, and evaluating effectiveness of training for Reserve centric EOD program. Prior to his director experience Brad was assigned as superintendent of Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Dobbins Air Reserve base, Georgia. He also played a significant role in the response and recovery operations during Hurricane Katrina relief operations. Brad is a veteran of the Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan Campaigns. In addition to his military EOD and instructor experience Brad also supported the United States Secret Service (USSS) while providing protection for multiple Presidents’ of the United States and other US and Foreign Diplomats. In 2013, Brad was promoted to Chief Master Sergeant (E9) and was moved to Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command to serve as the Functional Area Manager for the Explosive Ordnance Disposal career field, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia.
Brad currently serves as Instructor and Coordinator, Terrorism Division and is directly responsible for developing, coordinating, and instructing homeland security and terrorism courses for state and local public safety personnel in order to build capabilities to enhance the national resilience to absorb disruptions and rapidly recover from natural and man-made incidents.
Bronze Star Medal
Meritorious Service Medal, 2 Oak Leaf Clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with Valor, 1 Oak Leaf Cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal, 2 Oak Leaf Clusters
Air Force Combat Action Medal
Meritorious Unit Award
Outstanding Unit Award,1 Oak Leaf Cluster
International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators
Advanced Analysis in Threats of Violence
A.L.E.R.R.T. Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training
Ambush Survival Tactics
Courthouse Tactics – Mindset for Survival
Criminal Investigative Analysis
Domestic Terrorism – The Enemy Within
Forensic Statement Analysis – Terrorism
Fundamentals of Jihad
Foundations of Terrorism
Homeland Security and Terrorism Analysis
Improvised Explosives Awareness and Explosive Demonstration
Interviews and Interrogations
Introduction to Cybercrime Investigations
Post Blast Response
Response to Terrorism in Georgia
Urban Post Blast