Colonel John C. McKay, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired), enlisted in the Marine Corps at the age of 17 and received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy in 1964. He served two tours in Vietnam, where he was wounded twice, including losing an eye. An Olmsted scholar, he is fluent in Spanish and served in several diplomatic postings while on active duty. He currently is an adjunct professor at California State University, Sacramento.

Articles by John C. McKay

U.S. flags beside the graves of deceased military members at the Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Abilene, Texas on Memorial Day, 2018.
U.S. Forest Service

A Frontier Aflame

By Colonel John C. McKay, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
October 2010
Illegal trafficking across the U.S.-Mexico border is inciting unprecendented violence, undermining security in both countries.

A Frontier Aflame

By Colonel John C. McKay, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
December 2019
Illegal trafficking across the U.S.-Mexico border is inciting unprecendented violence, undermining security in both countries.