Captain Mark J. Oberley
Commanding Officer

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Captain Oberley was born in Dodge City, Kansas and grew up in Ness City, Kansas. He attended Saint Mary of the Plains College in Dodge City for two years before transferring to Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado where he received Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering. He also attended Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, California earning a Master of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering. He is a registered Professional Electrical Engineer in the State of California.

He received his commission in 1989 through Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. Following commissioning CAPT Oberley completed Navy Nuclear Power training in Orlando, Florida and Idaho Falls, Idaho.

His fleet assignments include a three year Division Officer tour on USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) where he deployed in support of Operation Southern Watch, Combat Systems Officer on USS FLETCHER (DD 992) where deployed as part of a Middle Eastern Force and participated in United Nations Sanctions enforcement and Operation Desert Fox, Reactor Electrical Assistant on USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) where he deployed and participated in the initial phases of Operation Enduring Freedom, Executive Officer on USS RODNEY M. DAVIS (FFG 60) where he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Reactor Officer on USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72) where he deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and transitioned the ship into her mid-life Refueling Complex Overhaul.

He commanded USS STOUT (DDG 55) completing a deployment to the Mediterranean and Black Seas providing Ballistic Missile Defense for the region. He also commanded USS WINSTON S. CHURCHILL (DDG 81) deploying to the Middle East as part of USS HARRY S. TRUMAN Strike Group.

Ashore CAPT Oberley completed his joint education through Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia, served in a NATO assignment as an Operational Analyst for the Supreme Allied Commander, Transformation in Norfolk, Virginia; as Officer in Charge of the Nuclear Power Mobile Training Team for Commander Naval Air Forces, Pacific in San Diego, California; as the Operations Officer for Naval Surface Forces, Atlantic in Norfolk, Virginia; and most recently as Special Assistant for Aircraft Carrier Operations on the Staff of the Director of Naval Reactors in Washington, DC.

CAPT Oberley is authorized to wear the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (six awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and several unit and campaign awards.