LtCol McArdle received his commission upon graduation from the United States Naval Academy in 1994, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering. Upon completion of The Basic School, he was assigned to flight training at NAS Pensacola, FL.
After Primary Flight Training with VT-6, he reported to VT-21 at NAS Kingsville, TX. He was designated a Naval Aviator on 10 January 1997. 1stLt McArdle reported to VMFAT-101 in MCAS El Toro, CA for conversion training in the F/A-18 Hornet. Capt McArdle reported to MAG-11 at MCAS Miramar, CA, in 1998 for duty with VMFA-314, where he served as the Flight Officer, Quality Assurance Officer, and Director of Standardization and Safety. He made two combat deployments with the Black Knights aboard USS JOHN C. STENNIS, supporting Operation SOUTHERN WATCH in Iraq in 2000 and Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in Afghanistan in 2001/02.
Capt McArdle reported for duty with 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion in Camp Pendleton, CA in 2002, serving as the Battalion Air Officer. He deployed with 1st LAR during 2003 for combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM I.
In 2003, Capt McArdle reported to MAG-11 at MCAS Miramar, CA for duty with VMFA-323, where he served as Pilot Training Officer and Operations Officer. With the Death Rattlers, he deployed aboard USS CARL VINSON for combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM 04-06. During this tour, he completed the Weapons and Tactics Instructor course and the Navy’s Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor course at TOPGUN. Maj McArdle reported for duty as an FA-18 Instructor at Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron-1 in 2005. He served as the Aviation Safety Officer, FA-18 Division Head, and TACAIR Department Head. He also performed duties as the HARM, Training Management, and TACAIR Integration Subject Matter Expert.
Maj McArdle reported to MAG-11 at MCAS Miramar, CA in 2008 and was assigned to VMFA(AW)-225. He served as the Aircraft Maintenance Officer, Director of Standardization and Safety, and Executive Officer. He deployed with the Vikings in support of the Unit Deployment Program to MCAS Iwakuni, JP in 2009. LtCol McArdle was subsequently assigned to MAG-31 at MCAS Beaufort, SC in 2010. He served as Officer-in-Charge, Marine Aviation Training Systems Site Beaufort until his current assignment as Commanding Officer, Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 224. LtCol McArdle has over 3000 flight hours with 2700 hours in the FA-18. His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal Strike/Flight Award with numeral three, Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal with one gold star, the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device and one gold star, and the Combat Action Ribbon.