Executive Officer, Afloat Training Group Mayport
CDR Mark A. Quinn, a native of Cincinnati, OH, enlisted in the United States Navy in September 1983 and attended Basic Training in Orlando, FL.
Following Basic Training he graduated with honors from Boiler Technician “A” school in Great Lakes, IL. Commander Quinn was assigned to the USS CORAL SEA (CV-43), in Norfolk VA for his first sea tour where he completed two Mediterranean deployments, one of which involved the 1986 bombing of Tripoli, Libya in support of Operation El Dorado Canyon. He cross-decked in the Mediterranean Sea to the USS JESSE L. BROWN (FF-1089) home ported in Charleston, SC. During this tour he qualified as Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist and completed a UNITAS deployment around South America.
In 1990 he transferred to the Correctional Custody Unit Charleston, S.C. for his first Shore tour where he filled billets as a Corrections Guard and as a Corrections Counselor. He went back to sea in 1992 onboard the USS AMERICA (CV-66) stationed in Norfolk, VA. During this tour he was promoted to First Class Petty Officer, qualified Engineering Officer of the Watch, Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist, and was selected as USS AMERICA’s “Sailor of the Year” for 1993.
In 1996 CDR Quinn was selected for a Commission to ENSIGN as an engineering Limited Duty Officer. His first tour as an Officer was onboard USS CALLAGHAN (DDG-994) home ported in Everett, WA as the Main Propulsion Assistant (MPA). While onboard CALLAGHAN he qualified as Officer of the Deck and Surface Warfare Officer. In 1998 the CALLAGHAN decommissioned and CDR Quinn was transferred to the USS INGRAHAM (FFG-61), also stationed in Everett where he filled the billet as the MPA again until late 2000. Moving back to the East Coast he took orders as the MPA onboard USS CARNEY (DDG-64) stationed in sunny Mayport, FL in December of 2000.
In 2002 he went back to shore duty at the Afloat Training Group in Mayport, FL as an Engineering Training Team Lead. While at ATG he was selected for conversion to the Unrestricted Line and finished his shore tour out as a Training Liaison Officer in January of 2004.
After completing Department Head School in Newport, RI and AEIGIS Training in Dahlgren, VA he went to USS THE SULLIVANS (DDG-68) in Mayport, FL as the Chief Engineer in July of 2004. After a very successful tour he volunteered for an emergent fill as the Chief Engineer onboard the USS HUE CITY (CG-66) just two weeks before she deployed to the Persian Gulf. He transferred in 2007 and returned to ATG Mayport as an Engineering Assessor. While at ATGM he was selected to be XO onboard USS DE WERT (FFG-45) stationed in Mayport, FL.
CDR Quinn reported to DE WERT as XO in July of 2010. During his tour he completed a 7 month anti-piracy deployment where DE WERT made world news by successfully rescuing all 18 crew members from the pirated Italian motor vessel MONTE CRISTO. DE WERT was also selected to represent the Navy in the War of 1812 Bicentennial cruise to New Orleans and the Great Lakes.
He reported to Afloat Training Group Mayport, FL.in July of 2012 as the Engineering Director (N82) in charge of Main Propulsion, Damage Control and Medical Training teams. He is currently the acting Executive Officer.
He is a proud father of two beautiful step-daughters ages 32 and 31. His personal awards include eight Navy Commendation Medals and six Navy Achievement Medals.