Vice Admiral Mark Fitzgerald was born in Winchester, Mass., and graduated from Northeastern University, Boston, in June 1973. He was designated a Naval Aviator in October 1975.
Vice Adm. Fitzgerald flew the A-7E Corsair II during sea assignments in VA-195 (1976-79), Carrier Air Wing 17 (1982-84), and VA-105 (1985-88) embarked in USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), USS America (CV 66), and USS Forrestal (CV 59). He commanded the VA-46 "Clansmen” (1990-1991) in USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67), deploying with four days notice for Operation Desert Shield. He led the first Navy strike on Baghdad during the opening hour of Operation Desert Storm.
During his career, Vice Adm. Fitzgerald was assigned as Deputy Commander, Joint Air Force Component Commander for Provide Promise Yugoslav Operations and Assistant Commander for Deny Flight NATO operations (1993). He assumed command of Carrier Air Wing 14 (1994-95) while deployed to the Arabian Gulf in USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) supporting Operation Southern Watch. Vice Adm. Fitzgerald’s shore tours include VA-174 Landing Signal Officer (1979-82), Naval Maritime Intelligence Center, SPEAR (1991-92), and Executive Assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe (1996-98). He holds a master's degree in Aeronautical Systems Engineering from the University of West Florida (1975) and attended the Naval War College, Newport, R.I. (1983-84).
Selected for flag rank in September 1998, Vice Adm. Fitzgerald’s first flag assignment was Deputy Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and commanded Joint Task Force Determined Response in Aden, Yemen (2000). Assuming command of Carrier Group Eight (2001), he deployed with Theodore Roosevelt Battle Group during Operation Enduring Freedom (2001-2002). He served as Director, Air Warfare and then as Director, Naval Warfare (2003-2004). He assumed his current position as Commander, Second Fleet/Commander, Striking Fleet Atlantic in October 2004.
Vice Adm. Fitzgerald’s awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (4 awards), Distinguished Flying Cross with Combat V (2 awards), Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2 Awards), Air Medals, and numerous individual, Campaign and Unit awards. He has logged over 4800 flight hours and has made over 1100 carrier arrested landings from the decks of thirteen aircraft carriers.
Updated: 29 November 2004