Captain Mark Weisgerber
CAPT Mark Weisgerber graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and received his commission through the Naval ROTC program in May 1991. After completing flight training in Meridian, Mississippi he was designated a Naval Aviator in June 1994. Following a short tour as a T-2C Buckeye instructor with VT-23, he reported to NAS Cecil Field, FL for fleet replacement training in the F/A-18C Hornet.
CAPT Weisgerber joined the GOLDEN WARRIORS of VFA-87 as a “nugget” in November 1995 where he deployed to the Mediterranean Sea and Northern Arabian Gulf onboard USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67) in support of Operations DELIBERATE GUARD and SOUTHERN WATCH.
After his tour with VFA-87, CAPT Weisgerber reported to NAS Lemoore, CA in November 1998 to stand-up the FLYING EAGLES of VFA-122. His service in VFA-122 included conducting the operational evaluation of the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet with VX-9, becoming the first training qualified F/A-18E/F Landing Signal Officer and forming the original cadre of Super Hornet fleet replacement squadron instructors.
In November 2001 CAPT Weisgerber was assigned to the first F/A-18F squadron, the BLACK ACES of VFA-41. As the Maintenance Officer, he made an extended combat deployment to the Northern Arabian Gulf onboard USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. He served as a CVW Strike Lead and Forward Air Controller (Airborne).
After leaving VFA-41 in February 2004 CDR Weisgerber attended the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island where he graduated with distinction from the College of Naval Warfare and completed a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies.
Following the Naval War College, CAPT Weisgerber completed advanced Joint Phase Military Education at the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, VA prior to reporting to United States Northern Command in Colorado Springs, CO. While assigned to United States Northern Command, he served as the Branch Chief for Organizational Policy within the Strategy and Policy Directorate and was instrumental in formulating the counter-drug/counter-narcoterrorism posture within the NORTHCOM area of responsibility.
In April of 2008, CAPT Weisgerber completed requalification within the F/A-18E and reported to VFA-122 as Executive Officer. In November 2008 he reported to VFA-14 and completed an extended combat deployment with the TOPHATTERS in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. As Commanding Officer in 2010 and 2011 his squadron was awarded the 2010 Secretary of the Navy Safety Award, the 2010 Strike Fighter Wing Pacific Battle E and Safety S, and the CVW-11 “Golden Wrench”.
Following his operational command tour, CAPT Weisgerber was assigned to the Chief of Naval Operations staff as Executive Assistant to the Director, Navy Programming Division. He was subsequently selected for Major Command and currently serves as Deputy Commodore for Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic Fleet.
CAPT Weisgerber has accumulated over 3600 flight hours and more than 850 carrier arrested landings. His awards include the Joint Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medals, Air Medal with Bronze Star and Combat Distinguishing Device and Strike/Flight awards, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, Navy Achievement Medals and various campaign and unit awards.