Captain Muckian is a native of Elmhurst, Illinois. He was commissioned in 1995 through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of Illinois, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He also holds a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.
His career as a nuclear submarine officer has included assignments afloat as division officer on USS Greeneville (SSN 772), engineer officer on USS Louisville (SSN 724), and executive officer on USS Alexandria (SSN 757). He commanded USS Greeneville (SSN 772), homeported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. During this tour, the crew conducted two deployments to the Western Pacific, earned the Navy Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation, and two Battle Efficiency Awards. Most recently, he was Commodore, Submarine Squadron 6.
Ashore, he served as Military Assistant to the Under Secretary and Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy; Director of the Strategic Actions Group for the Chief of Naval Personnel; the Nuclear Officer Community Manager in the Bureau of Personnel; and Flag Aide to Commander, Submarine Group 8.
Captain Muckian is currently the Chief of Staff for Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
His personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy Achievement Medal (two awards), and various unit and campaign awards.