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Michael A. Canavan is a retired United States Army lieutenant general and former Federal Aviation Administration security official.[1]

Michael A. Canavan
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Michael Canavan (right) with his wife, Ambassador Katherine Canavan (center) at Patch Barracks in January 2011.
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service1966–2001
RankUS Army O9 shoulderboard rotated.svg Lieutenant general
Commands heldSeal of the Joint Special Operations Command.png Joint Special Operations Command
United States Special Operations Command Insignia.svg Special Operations Command, Europe
TRADOC Analysis Center.png TRADOC Analysis Command
5SFG flash.gif 1st Battalion (A-401), 5th Special Forces Group

Canavan presently sits on the board of defense contractor USfalcon.[2]

Canavan commanded Special Operations Command Europe and the Joint Special Operations Command, and retired after serving as the chief of staff for the United States European Command. In the wake of the September 11 attacks Canavan resigned his position as Associate Administrator for Civil Aviation Security at the FAA amid controversy over Air Marshal assignments to Bush Administration Cabinet members and confidence in his leadership.[3][4]

As a major general he led the team in Croatia which recovered and identified the bodies from the 1996 crash of an Air Force CT-43 which killed the Commerce Secretary, Ronald H. Brown.[5]

Canavan is married to Ambassador Katherine Canavan.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Rebecca Trexler. "U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Michael Canavan Named to Head FAA Office of Civil Aviation Security". Federal Aviation Administration. Archived from the original on 2012-10-22.
  2. ^ "USfalcon Biography" (PDF). USfalcon.
  3. ^ Blake Morrison and Alan Levin (October 11, 2001). "FAA security chief quits over assignment". USA Today.
  4. ^ Matthew L Wald (October 5, 2001). "A NATION CHALLENGED: THE F.A.A.; Security Chief Leaving Post". New York Times.
  5. ^ R. W. APPLE Jr (April 5, 1996). "CRASH IN THE BALKANS: THE OVERVIEW;Bad Equipment Tied to Crash, Perry Suggests". New York Times.

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