Most recently, he served as the Commanding Officer of Maritime Safety and Security Team 91112 in New Orleans, Louisiana, from June 2017 to May 2021. He has been an Adjunct Lecturer in the Emergency and Disaster Management master's degree program at Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies since January 2019.
In the field, he has extensive preparedness, response, and recovery experience for major hurricanes, Catastrophic Incident Search and Rescue, drug and migrant interdiction, National Special Security Events, and other marine events of national significance. As the Officer in Charge of a tactical Law Enforcement Detachment, McGrail has deployed globally with the U.S. Navy in support Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom and conducted high-risk counter-drug operations. In 2009, the team was presented the Golden Eagle Award by the White House Drug Czar for being the nation’s top counter-drug unit.
McGrail is a Certified Emergency Manager, a Type 3 Incident Commander, an ICS Type 1 Operations Section Chief and holds the Coast Guard Emergency Management Credential. He is also a Cohort 1 alumnus of the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative's Emerging Leaders in Crisis program at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and is an alumnus of the Leadership in Crisis executive education program at Harvard Kennedy School.
He earned an Executive Master of Professional Studies in Emergency and Disaster Management from Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies where he was the recipient of the Tropaia Outstanding Student Award. McGrail is a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with a B.S. in Government, the U.S. Naval War College with an M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies and holds an Executive Certificate in Public Leadership from Harvard Kennedy School.
McGrail has also served as a White House Military Social Aide, as a Military Mentor in the U.S. Senate Youth Program and in several other student mentorship programs within the Maryland, District of Columbia, and Louisiana public school systems.