CDR Macklin is a native of Denver, Colorado. CDR Macklin began the path of ministry by attending Trinity Bible College in Ellendale, ND where he achieved a double major in Bible and Ministerial in 1990 and was also able to play college football. After leaving Ellendale he began a twelve year path as a civilian pastor of which he pastored in Texas, Colorado and Nebraska.
It was during his final pastorate that ENS Macklin answered the call to become a Navy Chaplain and was commissioned into the US Navy on March 11, 2002. ENS Macklin started his military officer development at Springfield Armed Forces Reserve Center in the summer of 2002 and left November 2004; after finishing his Theological Seminary degree in October, 2004. LTJG Macklin accepted his Ecclesiastical Endorsement from the Assemblies of God and began his active duty career in November of 2004.
His active duty career has afforded him the opportunity to serve in Okinawa, Japan with Combat Assault Battalion and 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion. While with 3rd Recon he spent 7 months deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Once leaving Japan and 3rd Marine Division he went to the Surface Forces Ministry Center where he spent 4 months on USS Carl Vinson, 13 months on USS Mahan and 13 months with DESRON 28: 8 months in CONUS and 5 months in Iraq deployed on the Al Basrah Oil Terminal. After being deployed for the third time he became the Ethics Specialist/Chaplain at the Center for Personal and Professional Development at Dam Neck, VA. While serving in this position he has also completed with honors a doctorate in leadership and ethics. His next billet took him back to Okinawa, Japan to serve with the 3D Marine Logistic Group as the Deputy Chaplain and Command Logistics Regiment 35’s Command Chaplain. After returning from Okinawa and MLG he went to Navy Information Operations Command also now know as Cryptilogic Warfare Group 6 for a year and a half where he then went to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for two years. His next tour of duty was with the Marine Aircraft Group 31 in Beautfort, SC for nine months and then over to the Marine Corps Air Station Chapel where he is now presently also assisting the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, GA.
His awards include one Meritorious Service medal, one Joint Commendation medal, five Navy Marine Corps Commendation medals, two Navy Marine Corps Achievement medals, one Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, two Outstanding Service Medals, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary medal, 2 Iraqi Campaign medals and other traditional recognitions. He has also received his Fleet Marine Force qualification pin and his Navy and Marine Corps Gold Jump wings.