Lieutenant Commander Mark E. Wagner
Lieutenant Commander Mark E. Wagner is a native of Athens, Georgia. He enlisted in the Navy in 1997 and entered service at RTC Great Lakes. Upon graduation, he reported to the United States Navy Ceremonial Honor Guard in Washington D.C. He attended Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Administration. He was commissioned through Officer Candidate School in 2000 and following commissioning, he reported to Newport, Rhode Island to begin his Surface Warfare Officer training.
Lieutenant Commander Wagner reported to his first ship, USS WHIDBEY ISLAND (LSD 41) in 2001 where he served as the Electrical Officer and completed an extended deployment to the Arabian Gulf in support of OIF. He then reported to the USS EISENHOWER (CVN 69) in 2003 as the Auxiliaries Division Officer. In December 2005, he reported to NROTC, Norwich University where he taught Navigation and Surface Ship Operations and earned a Master’s Degree in Justice Administration.
After completion of Department Head School in Newport, RI, he was assigned as the Deck Department Head, Combat Cargo Officer and Senior Watch Officer onboard USS ASHLAND (LSD 48), stationed in Little Creek, VA. He then reported to Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron TWO (MSRON 2) in Portsmouth, VA where he served as the Security Department Officer in Charge (OIC) from January 2010 to July 2011. He transferred in 2011 and reported to the Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center (ECRC) as a Global Support Augmentee (GSA). Lieutenant Commander Wagner served with the U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry Division and 82nd Airborne Division in Kandahar, Afghanistan as the Executive Officer of a Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT).
Lieutenant Commander Wagner’s most recent assignment was as the Operations Officer at Naval Expeditionary Task Force Europe and Africa (CTF 68) in Rota, Spain from January 2013 to August 2015.
LCDR Wagner's personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), Good Conduct Medal and various unit, campaign and service awards.