Military Bios

Rear Admiral (Select) Mark W. Balmert:

Military Branch:United States Navy
Position: Director, Operations Division, Office of Budget, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Management & Comptroller), Fiscal Management Division N821
Rear Admiral (Select) Mark Balmert is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and was commissioned as an Ensign through the Navy Reserve Officer Training Program. Rear Adm. (Sel.) Balmert also earned a Master's Degree in Financial Management from the Naval Postgraduate School and completed his Joint Military Education at the Armed Forces Staff College. He also attended the National Securities Management Course at the Maxwell School of Citizenship at Syracuse University.
Rear Adm. (Sel.) Balmert has served at sea in USS Lynde McCormick (DDG 8), USS Fife (DD 991), and USS Merrill (DD 976). He commanded USS Chandler (DD 996) winning the Battle Efficiency Award, and Destroyer Squadron Seven during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom as Sea Combat Commander for the Constellation Battle Group.
Rear Adm. (Sel.) Balmert also served as Chief Staff Officer of Destroyer Squadron Thirteen, Assistant Surface Operations Officer for Commander Seventh Fleet, Flag Secretary for Commander Third Fleet, and Operations Officer for Commander Cruiser-Destroyer Group One.
Shore assignments include Naval Plans Officer at Headquarters, United Nations Command and Combined Forces Command in Seoul, Korea; Surface Commander Assignments Branch Head in Millington, Tenn.; Chief of Staff for Commander Naval Surface Force U.S. Pacific Fleet; and his present assignment as Director, Operations Division, Office of Budget in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Management/ Comptroller) and Director, Operations Division, Fiscal Management Division in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations.
Rear Adm. (Sel.) Balmert’s personal decorations include the Legion of Merit with three Gold Stars, the Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with two Gold Stars, the Navy Commendation Medal with three Gold Stars, and the Joint Service Achievement Medal.
Effective date: 10 August 2004


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