CDR Mark W. McCulloch
Commander Mark McCulloch was born in Greensboro, North Carolina and raised in Freehold, New Jersey. He is a 1992 graduate of the United States Naval Academy and 1993 graduate of Johns Hopkins University with B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science. He and his wife Michelle have three children, Samuel and Sarah, both born in 2004, and Grace, born in 2009.
After commissioning, CDR McCulloch reported aboard USS San Jacinto (CG56) serving as First Lieutenant and Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer while he completed two deployments to the Mediterranean and Red Seas. Following this tour, he reported aboard USS John Hancock (DD 981) where he served as Main Propulsion Assistant and completed a deployment to the Meditteranean and Black Seas. Upon completion of Surface Warfare Department Head Training, he reported aboard USS Robert G Bradley (FFG 49) where he served as Chief Engineer and completed a Counter-Narcotics deployment to the Carribean Sea and Eastern Pacific Ocean. CDR McCulloch then reported as chief engineer for USS Gettysburg (CG64) serving as the Enterprise Strike Group Air defense Commander for Post-Iraqi Freedom operations in the Arabian Gulf.
CDR McCulloch's shore assignments include a tour as a Training Liason Officer and Schedules Officer at Afloat Training Group Mayport and as Staff Material Officer for Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Group 12, where he completed Summer Pulse 2004 embarked on USS Enterprise (CVN 65).
He then served as the Executive Officer on USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) where he completed a seven month Western Pacific deployment, operating with the Ronald Reagan, Kitty Hawk, Essex, and John C Stennis Strike Groups.
CDR McCulloch's most recent assignment was as the Surface Strike and Anti0Surface Warfare Requirements Officer within the Surface Warfare Division of the OPNAV Staff. He reported to Assault Craft Unit Two as Executive Officer in April 2009 and fleeted up to Commanding Officer in November 2011.
CDR McCulloch's personal awards include and decorations include Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, and Navy Achievement Medal, as well as various campaign and unit awards.