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Rear Admiral Mark D. Harnitchek:

Military Branch:United States Navy
Position: Supply Corps Commander, Naval Inventory Control Point
Rear Admiral Mark D. Harnitchek, a native of Philadelphia, received a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Pennsylvania State University in 1977 and was commissioned an ensign in the U. S. Navy through the Navy ROTC Program. He received a master’s degree in management from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif., in 1987. Rear Adm. Harnitchek most recently served as the Deputy Commander for Fleet Logistics Operations, Naval Supply Systems Command, Mechanicsburg, Pa.
Rear Adm. Harnitchek has served in a variety of sea tours including two submarines, USS Will Rogers (SSBN 659) and USS Buffalo (SSN-715). During these tours he served as the ship’s Diving Officer, Battle Stations Officer of the Deck and Officer of the Deck (Surfaced and Submerged), and won two consecutive Supply Blue “E” Awards for logistics excellence. He then served as the Assistant Supply Officer in the submarine tender USS Holland (AS-32), where the ship won a Supply Blue “E” award and the Edward F. Ney Award for Food Service Excellence.
Rear Adm. Harnitchek later served as Supply Officer in the submarine tender USS Proteus (AS-19), decommissioning that ship in 1992. His most recent sea tour was in the aircraft carrier, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), where he served as Supply Officer and Command Duty Officer in-port. During that tour Theodore Roosevelt was also awarded a fourth Supply Blue “E” award.
His shore duty assignments include Commander Submarine Group Seven/Commander Task Force Seven Four, Yokosuka, Japan, where he served as Logistics Officer and as an Operations Watch Officer; Navy Ships Parts Control Center; Chief of Naval Operations Staff; Executive Assistant to the Commander Naval Supply Systems Command; Naval Air Station Oceana where the Air Station was awarded its third consecutive Supply Blue “E” award; and Director of Aviation Operations at the Naval Inventory Control Point, Philadelphia. During his most recent tour Rear Adm. Harnitchek has led the way in logistics innovation, spearheading significant projects including Enterprise Resource Planning and Electronic Commerce. During this tour his department was awarded the Department of the Navy’s coveted eGovernment Award.
He was selected for the rank of Rear Adm. (lower half) in April 2002. Rear Adm. Harnitchek's awards include the Legion of Merit, five Meritorious Service Medals, three Navy Commendation Medals, one Navy Achievement Medal and a Fleet Ballistic Missile Patrol Pin (four stars). He is also qualified in submarines and as a Naval Aviation Supply Officer.
Updated: 9 March 2004


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