Brig. Gen. O’Guinn is originally from Newark, Ohio and was a Distinguished Military Graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. His education includes a Bachelor of Science Degree from Miami University, a Master's Degree in Healthcare Administration from Clark University in Worcester, MA, and a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.
O’Guinn began his military service in 1982 when he enlisted in the Army Reserve as a Combat Medic with 2nd Bn, 11th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Columbus, OH. He was commissioned in 1986 and entered active duty in 1987. He initially served at Fort Bragg, NC as Medical Platoon Leader with 3rd Bn, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division and later as the Health Services Materiel Officer with the 28th Combat Support Hospital (CSH). In 1990 he moved to Fort Devens, MA where he served as an AMEDD Procurement Officer.
In 1992 O’Guinn returned to the Army Reserve as the Operations Officer with the 350th CSH, Canton, OH. In 1994 he entered the Active Guard and Reserve (AGR) program as S4 with the 399th CSH, Taunton, MA and in 1997 he was selected to serve as the Medical Organizational Integrator, Office of the Chief, Army Reserve (OCAR) in Washington, DC. Following Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, KS, Colonel O’Guinn was assigned as the Reserve Component Liaison Officer with the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency (USAMMA) at Fort Detrick, MD. In 2002 he moved to Camp Zama, Japan, assigned as Petroleum Officer for the 9th Theater Support Command. He returned from overseas in 2004 and served as Forward Team Leader with the 6th Medical Logistics Management Center (MLMC) at Fort Detrick, MD. In 2005 he was assigned as the Operations Officer with the 48th CSH, Fort Meade, MD and began his current assignment in January 2014.
O’Guinn has deployed five times in support of OEF/OIF, serving as: G4 (Forward), 3rd Medical Command, Camp Doha, Kuwait; Commander, Joint Logistics Support Element (JLSE) and Edwin Andrews Air Base, Joint Special Operations Task Force – Philippines (JSOTF-P), Zamboanga, Philippines; Support Operations Officer and Deputy Commander, US Army Medical Materiel Center – Southwest Asia, Camp As Sayliyah, Qatar; Commander, Salerno Hospital, FOB Salerno, Afghanistan; and Commander, TF 807th MED with mission command over all medical forces in Iraq.
He is a graduate of the Army Medical Department (AMEDD) Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Logistics Executive Development Course (Distinguished Honor Graduate), Army Force Management Course, Command and General Staff College, Joint Medical Planners Course, and the Army War College.
O’Guinn’s awards and decorations include: the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal w/two Oak Leaf Clusters, Meritorious Service Medal w/two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal w/one Silver and two Oak Leaf Clusters, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster, Combat Action Badge, Expert Field Medical Badge, Airborne Badge, Air Assault Badge, Army Staff Identification Badge, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, and the Army Superior Unit Award. He was the 1997 Medical Service Corps Award of Excellence winner and is a proud member of the Order of Military Medical Merit.