A native of North Wildwood, New Jersey, Captain Mike O'Leary graduated Cum Laude from Drexel University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and earned a commission as an Ensign from the University of Pennsylvania NROTC unit in 1994. He was designated a Naval Aviator in 1997 and assigned to V AQ-129 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, for fleet replacement training in the EA-6B Prowler.
Captain O'Leary reported to the "Zappers" of VAQ-130 and CVW-3 aboard the USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65) and USS HARRY S TRUMAN (CVN-75). From 1998-2001, while participating in two overseas deployments, he supported Operation SOUTHERN WATCH, Operation DESERT FOX, and Operation ALLIED FORCE.
In 2001, Captain O'Leary reported to NAS Whidbey Island as a flight instructor and training Landing Signal Officer (LSO) with the fleet replacement squadron, VAQ-129 “Vikings.” In the fall of 2003, he reported to Naval Command and Staff College at the Naval War College in Newport, RI. He earned his Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies and Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) Phase One.
In 2005, Captain O'Leary reported to NAS Whidbey Island to join the "Shadowhawks" of VAQ-141 and CVW-8 for his Department Head tour. While on deployment with USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71) and supporting Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, he participated in the first ever dual-sited, simultaneously-sustained combat operations from aboard the aircraft carrier and from ashore Al Asad Air Base in Iraq. Following this deployment, he made an expeditionary deployment to MCAS Iwakuni, Japan in support of U.S. Pacific Command's requirements.
In 2007, Captain O'Leary reported to the Joint Warfare Analysis Center (JWAC) in Dahlgren, VA. While serving as an action/liaison officer and team leader, he deployed in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM to Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan.
In April 2010, Captain O'Leary reported to VAQ-136 as Executive Officer and Commanding Officer and joined the Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) and USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73) team home ported in Atsugi Japan as part of Forward Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF). Following the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011, Captain O'Leary acted as a liaison officer (LNO) in support of Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief operations for Operation TOMODACHI and the voluntary evacuation of U.S. family members. In February 2012, he led the squadron through a Home Port Change from NAF Atsugi, Japan to NAS Whidbey Island, WA and executed the transition to the EA-18G "Growler."
In November 2012, Captain O'Leary reported to the Navy Staff (OPNAV Nl) in Arlington, Virginia working for the Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP) as the Chief Strategist NlZ. In July 2014, Captain O'Leary reported to National Defense University (NDU) and attended the College of International Security Affairs (CISA) where he earned a Master of Arts in Strategic Security Studies with a focus on Counter Terrorism and JPME Phase Two. In July 2015, Captain O'Leary reported to the Office of the Secretary of Defense working for the Director of Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT &E).
In June 2017, Captain O’Leary assumed command of Naval Support Activity South Potomac (NSASP).
Captain O'Leary has accumulated over 2,500 flight hours and 700 carrier arrested landings. His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Strike Flight Air Medal (six awards), Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards, one with a combat V), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), Humanitarian Service Medal and various unit awards and campaign medals.