CDR Bobby Markovich
Commanding Officer VFA-83
CDR Bobby Markovich graduated from Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI in 1990 with a Bachelor of Technology degree in Aviation. After completion of Officer Candidate School, he was commissioned in August 1995.
He earned his wings of gold at NAS Meridian, MS, in May 1997.
CDR Markovich supported Operation SOUTHERN WATCH and Operation ENDURING FREEDOM on two separate cruises during his first operational tour with the WARHAWKS of VFA-97. He graduated from the Fighter Weapons School as a Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor in 2002 and served as the Standardization Officer at STRIKE, Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center, Fallon, NV. During his time at STRIKE they trained a record number of airwings in preparation for OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. CDR Markovich also volunteered to spend five months at the Combined Air Operations Center, PSAB, Saudi Arabia where he worked nights on the Operations Floor.
CDR Markovich went back to the fleet in 2005 as a Training Officer with the VIGILANTES of VFA-151, where he deployed in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. In April 2006, he reported to the STINGERS of VFA-113, as a Department Head where he deployed two additional times to the Western Pacific. In May 2008, CDR Markovich reported to COMNAVAIRPAC, NAS North Island, San Diego, CA as the F/A-18 Readiness Officer for the West Coast.
During his career, CDR Markovich has accumulated 6,500 flight hours (civilian and military) and 750 arrested landings. His military awards include various meritorious individual and unit awards, including five Strike Flight Air Medals, Joint Commendation Medal, five Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals with Combat V.