Rear Admiral Mark H. Buzby 25th Commander of Military Sealift
- We will have Rear Admiral Buzby as our council guest at the first opportunity.If you would like to serve on the welcoming committee, please let me know.Phelps_______________________________
Rear Admiral Mark H. Buzby 25th Commander, Military Sealift Command.Monday, October 19, 2009
Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby became the 25th commander of the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command. The global command, headquartered in Washington, D.C., is the ocean transportation provider for the Department of Defense - responsible for the operation of more than 110 civilian-crewed, noncombatant ships, which support military and humanitarian missions worldwide.
Buzby, a 30-year Navy veteran, assumed command during a ceremony aboard Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort in Baltimore. The 894-ft ship, renowned for its humanitarian and civic assistance deployments to South and Central America in recent years, represents just one of MSC's unique ships and diverse missions.
Buzby, a native of Atlantic City, N.J., graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y., and was commissioned in 1979.
As the new commander of MSC, Buzby will be responsible for a fleet of government-owned and chartered ships, as well as a workforce of more than 9,000 civilian and military personnel operating at sea and ashore worldwide.
Buzby comes to MSC from U.S. Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk, Va., where he was deputy chief of staff for global force management and joint operations.
Earlier in Buzby's career, he served in a diverse array of assignments at sea and ashore. Buzby's previous commands include destroyer USS Carney, Destroyer Squadron 31, Surface Warfare Officers School Command, and Joint Task Force Guantanamo.
As a flag officer, Buzby served on the Navy Staff as deputy for surface ships, deputy for surface warfare and deputy for expeditionary warfare.
Buzby holds master's degrees from the U.S. Naval War College in Strategic Studies and International Relations and from Salve Regina University in International Relations. Buzby is also a graduate of the Joint Forces Staff College.
Rear Admiral Mark H. Buzby
Commander, Military Sealift Command
Rear Admiral Mark H. Buzby is a 1979 graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy where he received a Bachelor of Science in Nautical Science and U.S. Coast Guard Third Mate License. He was commissioned in June 1979, is a graduate of the Joint Forces Staff College and holds master's degrees from the U.S. Naval War College and Salve Regina University in Strategic Studies and International Relations.
As a surface warfare officer, Rear Adm. Buzby made numerous deployments aboard cruisers and destroyers to include: USS Connole (FF 1056), USS Aries (PHM 5), USS Yorktown (CG 48) and USS Shiloh (CG 67). Buzby commanded the destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) which included the ship's first Mediterranean/Persian Gulf deployment. Under his command, Carney was awarded two Battle Efficiency awards, the Navy Unit Commendation, Gold and Silver retention excellence awards and the USS Arizona Memorial Award as the most combat-ready ship in the U.S. Navy over a two-year period.
Following this tour, Buzby returned to sea as 6th Fleet assistant operations officer participating in combat operations as part of NATO's Operation Allied Force in Kosovo. He then assumed command of Destroyer Squadron 31 as the Sea Combat Commander for the Abraham Lincoln Battle Group during two deployments in support of operations Southern Watch and Enduring Freedom in Iraq and Afghanistan, respectively.
Ashore, the admiral has served on the Navy staff as the Point Defense Anti-Air Warfare (AAW) section head for Surface Warfare Division (OP-352E) and as Aegis Combat System development officer (N865G3). Early joint experience was on the Joint Staff, Joint Operations Division (J-33/JOD) as an operations officer and chairman's briefer. He was the 16th commanding officer of Surface Warfare Officers School Command.
As a flag officer, Buzby has served on the Navy Staff as deputy for Surface Ships (N86E), deputy for Surface Warfare (N86B) and deputy for Expeditionary Warfare (N85B). He has also served as commander, Joint Task Force Guantanamo, and most recently as deputy chief of staff for Global Force Management and Joint Operations, U.S. Fleet Forces Command (N3/N5).
In October 2009, Buzby assumed his current position as Commander, Military Sealift Command.
Buzby's personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (four awards), Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (five awards) and various other unit and campaign awards. In 1984, he was an Atlantic Fleet Junior Officer Ship handling Award winner.Updated: 16 October 2009Additional information: http://www.google.com/search?q=Mark+BuzbyMilitary Sealift CommandThe Military Sealift Command is the transportation provider for the Department of Defense with the responsibility of providing strategic sealift and ocean ...
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Buzby relieved Rear Adm. Robert D. Reilly, Jr., who served as the commander of MSC since March 2006 and will retire after 34 years of distinguished Naval service.