McKaig Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel
March 23, 2017 - Dorene DiNaroAlissa McKaig, Commanding Officer and Professor of Military Science for the UNM Army ROTC, was recently promoted in United States Army rank from Major to Lieutenant Colonel—a promotion McKaig considers to be the culmination of her military career thus far.
McKaig, who has been with the Army for nearly 17 years, has held many titles during her tenure including Aviation Officer which qualifies her to pilot a UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopter; Platoon Leader, Company Commander, Aviation Plans Officer, and Spanish Instructor at the United States Military Academy, just to name a few.
“When I entered the Army I didn’t plan on staying past my initial commitment of five years,” McKaig says. “Here I am almost seventeen years later and I still love my job.”
Her most current role is commanding officer and professor of military science for the UNM Army ROTC. The part of this job she enjoys the most is mentoring cadets on the opportunities available for them in the Army, whether in Army Aviation or another branch.
“My favorite part of being the Professor of Military Science for UNM’s Army ROTC is helping cadets achieve their goals of becoming 2nd Lieutenants in the U.S. Army,” she says. “I am excited for them as they embark on their future as Army Officers.”
Outside of her career, McKaig tries to fit her love of flamenco dance and scuba diving into her hectic schedule raising three kids ages eight months to six years old.
Congratulations LTC McKaig! We are proud to have you on our Student Affairs team! For more information about the UNM Army ROTC, please visit their website.