Mark H. Buzby
|United States Maritime Administrator|
August 3, 2017 – January 11, 2021
|Preceded by||Chip Jaenichen|
Mark Howard Buzby
October 6, 1956
Atlantic City, New Jersey
|Education||United States Merchant Marine Academy (BS)|
Naval War College (MS)
Salve Regina University (MA)
|Branch/service||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1979–2013|
|Commands||Deputy director, expeditionary warfare, N85B, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
Deputy Director, U.S. Fleet Forces Command (2008-01-11 — unknown)Commander, Military Sealift Command (2009-10-16 — 2013-05-10)
Mark Howard Buzby (born October 6, 1956) is a retired United States Navy rear admiral who most recently served as the Administrator of the United States Maritime Administration. He retired from the Navy in 2013 and joined Carnival Cruise Line's Safety & Reliability Review Board. In June 2017, President Donald Trump nominated Buzby to be the next Administrator of the United States Maritime Administration. He was confirmed to the position by the United States Senate on August 3, 2017. Administrator Buzby resigned from his position in the United States Maritime Administration on Monday January 11, 2021, along with Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao due to 2021 Storming of the United States Capitol.
Early life and education
Born in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Buzby grew up in nearby Linwood. Buzby graduated from Admiral Farragut Academy (North) in 1975. He is also a 1979 graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Nautical Science his U.S. Coast Guard Third Mate License. He was commissioned in June 1979. He is also 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.
Buzby relieved Rear Admiral Robert D. Reilly Jr. as Commander of the Military Sealift Command (MSC) on October 16, 2009, and served in the position for about 3.5 years. On May 10, 2013, Buzby was relieved by Rear Admiral (select) Thomas K. Shannon and retired from 34 years of service.
As a surface warfare officer, Buzby made numerous deployments aboard cruisers and destroyers including: USS Connole, USS Aries, USS Yorktown, and USS Shiloh. Buzby commanded the destroyer USS Carney through the ship's first Mediterranean-Persian Gulf deployment.
Following this tour, Buzby returned to sea as United States Sixth Fleet assistant operations officer, and participated 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, Buzby has served on the Navy staff as the Point Defense Anti-Air Warfare section head for Surface Warfare Division and as Aegis Combat System development officer. Early joint experience was on the Joint Staff, Joint Operations Division 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, deputy for Surface Warfare and deputy for Expeditionary Warfare. 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, United States Fleet Forces Command. Buzby served as the commander of the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command from October 2009 to March 2013.
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.
Awards and decorations
|Navy Distinguished Service Medal (awarded at MSC change of command ceremony)|
|Defense Superior Service Medal|
|Legion of Merit with two award stars|
|Defense Meritorious Service Medal|
|Meritorious Service Medal with four award stars|
|Joint Service Commendation Medal|
|Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two award stars|
|Joint Service Achievement Medal|
|Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal|
|Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon with two service stars|
|Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon with a service star|
|Navy E Ribbon (four times awarded)|
|Navy Expeditionary Medal with two service stars|
|National Defense Service Medal with a service star|
|Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal|
|Kosovo Campaign Medal|
|Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal|
|Global War on Terrorism Service Medal|
|Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with seven service stars|
|Navy Overseas Service Ribbon|
|NATO Medal for Kosovo|
|Navy Rifle Marksmanship Ribbon|
|Navy Expert Pistol Shot Medal|
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- Cronick, Scott. "Everyone Has a Story: Naval admiral, Atlantic City native to boldly go someplace cold", The Press of Atlantic City, October 24, 2009. Accessed September 12, 2018. "As a 30-year United States Navy veteran, Atlantic City native Mark H. Buzby has traveled the world. He has been to every continent except Antarctica. And thanks to his recent promotion, he will be able to check that one off, too, when he goes there in January."
- DeAngelis, Martin. "Egg Harbor Township Submarine Veterans prepare to unveil memorial, years in making", The Press of Atlantic City, March 29, 2015. Accessed September 12, 2018. "Rear Admirial Mark H. Buzby is retired now, but he’s a Linwood native who will be a featured speaker at the April 11 dedication of the memorial, and he was instrumental in helping the Egg Harbor Base deal with the Navy to track down a rare torpedo, the local vets say."
- "Military Sealift Command Holds Change of Command" By Military Sealift Command Public Affairs (Story Number: NNS130510-06) Retrieved May 12, 2013.
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