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Commander, Naval Air Forces > VRC-40 > CO


Mark A. Litkowski


CDR Litkowski was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in May of 1997, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Systems Engineering. Following graduation, he reported to flight training, and was designated a Naval Aviator in July of 1999.

His first sea duty assignment was with the Rawhides of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron FOUR ZERO, reporting in July of 2000. During this tour, he deployed with Detachment Four aboard the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73), and Detachment Three aboard the USS JOHN F KENNEDY (CV-76), in support of operation SOUTHERN WATCH and ENDURING FREEDOM. While assigned to the Rawhides, CDR Litkowski served as the Aviation Safety Officer, Assistant Operations Officer, and Assistant Officer in Charge of Detachment Three.

Following his first sea tour, CDR Litkowski was assigned to instructor pilot duty with the Greyhawks of VAW-120, from May 2003 until May 2006. While assigned, he served as the NATOPS officer, C-2A Pilot Training officer, and the C-2A NATOPS program manager.

His first staff duty assignment was for the Commander, US SECOND FLEET. From June 2006 until June 2008, CDR Litkowski served as the deputy Information Operations Chief, Special Access Programs Security Officer, Special Technical Operations Chief, and the fleet Military Deception Officer.

In August of 2008, CDR Litkowski returned to the Rawhides of VRC-40. During this tour he served as the Safety officer and Operations officer, while the C-2A transitioned through the Service Life Extension Program, upgrading to the 8 bladed propeller and improved instrumentation panels. He deployed as the Officer in Charge of Detachment Four to NS Guantanamo Bay Cuba, in support of disaster relief operation UNIFIED RESPONSE and onboard the USS HARRY S TRUMAN (CVN-75), in support of operation ENDURING FREEDOM and NEW DAWN.

In March of 2011, CDR Litkowski reported for his first joint assignment with US Special Operations Command at MacDill AFB in Tampa, Florida. While assigned, he served as a Regional Strategist and as the Executive Officer to the Director of Strategy, Plans and Policy.

CDR Litkowski returned to the Rawhides in June of 2014. He has accumulated over 3,000 flight hours and more than 250 arrested landings on 11 different aircraft carriers. His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various command and service awards.