CDR Mark Butler, USN
Naval Oceanography Operations Command
Commander Butler is a native of Camden, Tenn., and graduated from the University of Memphis in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He has a Master of Science degree in Meteorology and Oceanography from the Naval Postgraduate School and is a graduate of the Navy’s Nuclear Power training program.
CDR Butler completed the nuclear power training pipeline and reported aboard the USS Pennsylvania (SSBN 735) (Blue) in 1994 where he served as the Electrical Officer, Damage Control Assistant and Tactical Systems Officer. Upon transfer to shore duty, he reported to the Caribbean Regional Operations Center in Key West, Fla., where he served as the Director of Operations providing military support to JIATF-East and USSOUTHCOM from 1998 until 2000.
CDR Butler began his career in the Meteorology and Oceanography (METOC) community in 2000 when he transferred to Naval European Meteorology and Oceanography Center in Rota, Spain, and served as a command duty officer and the assistant operations officer. After completing his degree at the Naval Postgraduate School, he served as the Carrier Strike Group Twelve (CSG-12) METOC Officer completing two successful deployments aboard the USS Enterprise in 2006 and 2007.
CDR Butler transferred to Strike Group Oceanography Team – Norfolk in 2008 where he served as executive officer until he transferred to U.S. Fleet Forces Command where he served as the METOC Requirements Officer. In 2010, CDR Butler reported aboard Fleet Weather Center, Norfolk as the executive officer.
CDR Butler then assumed command of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Professional Development Command, Gulfport, Miss., in June 2012, before reporting to his current assignment as executive officer of the Naval Oceanography Operations Command at Stennis Space Center, Miss.
CDR Butler’s awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Joint Achievement Medal and Navy Achievement Medal and various unit and service awards.