Commander Mark A. Ferley
United States Navy
Commander Mark A. Ferley graduated from Iowa State University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism. He was commissioned an Ensign in July 1993 after completing Aviation Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida and was designated a Naval Aviator in April 1995.
Operationally, he served as a MH-53E helicopter pilot and Division Officer in Helicopter Mine Countermeasures squadron FIFTEEN (HM-15) ; as the Aircraft Handler and Mini-Boss aboard the USS IWO JIMA (LHD-7); and as a Department Head and Officer-In-Charge in Helicopter Mine Countermeasures squadron FOURTEEN (HM-14).
As the Mini-Boss aboard USS IWO JIMA, he oversaw USMC air and amphibious operations in the FIFTH and SIXTH FLEET AORs during the early stages of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM/OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. As the OIC of HM-14 Detachment ONE, he was responsible for over 100 personnel and three MH-53E helicopters deployed aboard USS DENVER (LPD-9) in support of RIMPAC 2006 in Hawaii. During this detachment, he led the first live fire testing of the Airborne Mine Neutralization System (AMNS) by a fleet MH-53E squadron.
For shore duty, Commander Ferley received assignment to Navy Recruiting District Omaha, Nebraska; Commander Naval Air Forces in Norfolk, Virginia; and as Chief Staff Officer for COMMAND TASK FORCE SHORE BATTLE SPACE (CTF-SBS) at COMMANDER FIFTH FLEET. During his assignment, as the Chief Staff Officer for CTF-SBS, he was responsible for establishing Joint Security Area Bahrain and developing cooperative joint force protection agreement policies for US military forces and host nation military and civilian forces in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates.