United States Navy


CDR Mariner, a native of Fargo, ND, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2000 with a degree in Aerospace Engineering. He was winged in Meridian, MS in 2002, and ordered to the VFA-122 “Flying Eagles” at NAS Lemoore, CA to train in the F/A-18E. He subsequently reported to the VFA-14 “Tophatters” in June of 2003 and deployed twice with CVW-11 and USS Nimitz (CVN-68) in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and once aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) in support of a homeport change to San Diego, CA.

In July 2006, CDR Mariner attended the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) with follow-on orders to Strike Fighter Weapons School Pacific (SFWSP) as a tactics instructor.

In January 2009, he joined the VFA-27 “Royal Maces” as the training officer, deploying with CVW-5 in Atsugi, Japan. He completed multiple deployments aboard USS George Washington (CVN-73) in support of various U.S. and international exercises.

In February 2011, he joined the VFA-192 “Golden Dragons” as a department head at NAS Lemoore, CA. There he deployed with CVW-9 embarked in USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) on two extended combat deployments in support of Operations NEW DAWN and ENDURING FREEDOM.

In June 2014, he graduated from the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, RI receiving a Masters of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies. While in Newport, he was also a member of the Naval Staff College Class of 2014.

In June 2014, CDR Mariner reported as Executive Officer of VFA-105 with more than 2,700 flight hours and over 750 arrested landings. His awards include the Strike Flight Air Medal (2 awards), Navy Commendation Medal (3 awards), and Navy Achievement Medal (2 awards)