Military Bios

Rear Admiral Mark T. Emerson:

Military Branch:United States Navy
Position: Commander, Strike Force Training Pacific
In 1989 Rear Adm. Emerson transitioned to the F/A-18 and served a second tour embarked in Midway and USS Independence (CV 62) as the Operations Officer for Carrier Air Wing Five. In September 1990 he deployed for Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm where he participated in Navy strikes and coordinated Joint and Coalition air strike planning. Rear Adm. Emerson returned to the VFA-113 "Stingers" (1992-94) where he served as Executive Officer and then Commanding Officer. He was the Deputy Commander of Carrier Air Wing Nine (1996-97) before he assumed command (1997-99) while deployed to the Arabian Gulf in USS Nimitz (CVN 68) supporting Operation Southern Watch.
Rear Adm. Emerson's shore tours include duty as a Flight Instructor in Training Squadron Four (1982-84) and Atlantic Fleet Liaison/Special Assistant for Aviation Matters on the Navy Staff (1994-96). He received a master's degree from the National Defense University in June 2000 and subsequently served as the Executive Assistant for the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe (2000-2002).
Rear Adm. Emersonís first Flag assignment was Assistant Deputy Commandant for Aviation, Headquarters U.S. Marine Corps (2003-2004). In February 2005 Rear Adm. Emerson assumed command of Strike Force Training Pacific.
Rear Adm. Emerson has been awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (2), Meritorious Service Medal (3), Air Medal with combat V (4), Commendation Medal with combat V (3), Achievement Medal, and numerous individual, campaign, and unit awards.
Updated: 3 March 2005


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