Captain Mark Springer, a native of Hillsboro Oregon, graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1989 with a degree in Oceanography and was designated a Naval Aviator in March 1991. His first sea tour was with VP-4, NAS Barbers Pt Hawaii, where he deployed to Masirah Oman, Diego Garcia BIOT, Misawa Japan and Kadena AB Okinawa. Subsequent P-3 community tours include Weapons/Current Operations officer for Patrol Wing Ten, NAS Whidbey Island WA, FRS Instructor Pilot and Maintenance Material Control Officer for VP-30, NAS Jacksonville FL and Maintenance Officer for VP-46, NAS Whidbey Island WA, where he again deployed to the SEVENTH Fleet AOR.
His disassociated sea tour was as Catapult and Arresting Gear officer, USS CONSTELLATION (CV-64) home ported in San Diego CA which included a Persian Gulf/Western Pacific deployment . Following his department head tour he served as the Special Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Naval Personnel for selection board matters, Navy Personnel Command, Millington TN.
From 2006 – 2009 he served as the Commanding and Executive Officer for VT-35, NAS Corpus Christi TX training prospective USN P-3, USAF C-130 and USMC MV-22 pilots. During his tenure the squadron won the VADM Goldthwaite Training Excellence Trophy, CNO Safety Award and CNO Personal Excellence Partnership award for community service.
Following command he served as the Deputy Director for the Joint Information Operations Warfare Center, Lackland AFB, San Antonio TX as a component of US Strategic Command and subsequently the Joint Staff. In this capacity he conducted several overseas missions including Afghanistan and Honduras.
Captain Springer’s major command tour was Navy Munitions Command, Yorktown VA, responsible for 20 ordnance detachments from New Jersey to Texas, Rota Spain, Sigonella Sicily and Bahrain.
Captain Springer reported as the NROTC Commanding Officer and Professor of Naval Science for the University of Utah in July 2015. He has logged over 3,400 flight hours and earned a master’s degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College in 2006. His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (2 awards), Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), Navy Commendation Medal (4 awards) and various unit and campaign awards. He and his family currently reside in Bountiful UT.