|Rear Admiral Mark D. Guadagnini
Commodore (January 2010 - March 2011)
Rear Admiral Guadagnini graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1980, earning a Bachelor of Science in Economics. After a brief tour with the Navy Fighter Weapons School , he entered flight training and earning his wings in 1982.
Operationally, he has served as a division officer in VA-65, on the staff of Carrier Air Wing 8 as head landing signal officer and strike operations officer, as head of the Safety and Maintenance Departments in VA-65 and as operations officer for Carrier Strike Group 8. He commanded VFA-15 1997 - 1998, and Carrier Air Wing 17 2004 – 2005. During these operational tours he operated from the decks of 12 different aircraft carriers, participating in Operations Desert Storm, Provide Comfort, Deliberate Force, Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
Shore duty assignments include three years as a test pilot and instructor at the Naval Test Pilot School, a Legislative Fellowship in the United States Senate, and as an aide and flag lieutenant in BUPERS and on the CINCPACFLT staff in Hawaii . He also worked as a liaison between the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the U.S. Congress, and served in the Navy Personnel Command as the division director for Aviation Officer Distribution.
Rear Admiral Guadagnini's first flag assignment was as the Chief of Naval Air Training, where he also served as the head of Human Resources for the Naval Aviation Enterprise. He assumed command of Carrier Strike Group NINE on 29 January 2010.
Guadagnini has over 4600 hours of flight time in 52 different aircraft. His awards include two Battle Es and he has flown 95 combat missions.