Michael L. Vineyard

Michael Vineyard serves as a Senior Advisor, under the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in the recently formed Office of Incident Command & Control which includes functions such as Security, Intel, & Information management and Strategy, Policy, Planning & Requirements. In this capacity, he serves as a principal advisor to ensure cross matrixing of planning and response both during steady state and during events/incidents thus providing proper integration and accomplishment of the ASPR’s goals and objectives.

Michael served previously as the Deputy Director, Operations, the Coordinating Director of Operations/Plans, the Senior Advisor to the Director, Office of Emergency Management, and as the Deputy Director of the Office of Emergency Management.

Professional History

Prior to joining HHS, Mr. Vineyard retired after serving 27 years in the United States Navy.  During his final tour, Mr. Vineyard served as the Senior Medical Advisor, Medical Emergency Preparedness, within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense. In that capacity he planned, coordinated and provided technical guidance on the Department’s medical policy development related to Defense Support to Civil Authorities involving major public health and medical responses.

His homeland security work includes an assignment as the Department of Defense representative to the Homeland Security Council as a Director, Biodefense Policy for the Pandemic Planning Team.  He was a pivotal player in developing a nationwide Implementation Plan for the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza.

During his military career, he held a variety of positions. He served as the Director, Contingency Operations and Global Health, the Senior Strategic Medical Plans and Operations Officer within the Joint Staff and the U.S. Pacific Command; the Program Director for Mobilization and Contingency Operations as one of the Department of Defense’s lead for the National Disaster Medical System; the Senior Medical Plans and Operations Officer for the U.S. Pacific Fleet; the Medical Administrative Officer on the USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63) as part of Operation Southern Watch; as a professional/technical readiness inspector for the Medical Inspector General, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. and as the Assistant Officer in Charge of the Medical Treatment Unit that oversaw the medical care of the President of the United States. He initially joined the Navy as a Corpsman and was initiated as a Hospitalman Chief in 1988.  He is a Fellow in the Academy of Medical Administrators.


His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Commendation Medal, four Navy Commendation Medals, two Navy Achievement Medals and the Good Conduct Medal with Bronze Star.

Education and Training

He is a graduate of the Harvard National Preparedness Leadership Initiative and the Federal Executive Institute, “Leadership in a Democratic Society.

Mr. Vineyard received an Associate’s in Medical Technology, a Bachelor’s in Liberal Arts, and a dual Master’s in Management and Human Resources Development.

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