|CDR Mark Gillaspie
CDR Gillaspie was raised in Dakota City, Nebraska and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1989. He received his commission through the Enlisted Commissioning Program and graduated from Auburn University in August of 2000. Prior to his commission, he served ten years as an Aviation Structural Mechanic with sea tours aboard Strike Fighter Squadron 37 and Strike Fighter Squadron 86 with deployments on the USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67) and USS AMERICA (CV 66).
His Division Officer tours included Main Propulsion Assistant in USS JOHN L. HALL (FFG 32) and Training Officer in USS ANZIO (CG 68). CDR Gillaspie completed his Department Head tours as Chief Engineer in MCM CREW CONSTANT and Maintenance/Materiel Officer and Chief Staff Officer in COMMANDER AMPHIBIOUS SQUADRON ONE with deployments to 5th Fleet onboard USS BOXER (LHD 4). He has served as the Executive Officer in USS GREEN BAY (LPD 20) and USS VANDEGRIFT (FFG 48).
CDR Gillaspie's tours ashore include Naval Postgraduate School where he studied National Security Affairs and Commander Naval Surface Forces Pacific as N31 Current Operations/N40 Surface Warfare Enterprise and completed the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.
CDR Gillaspie's awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (3), Navy Achievement Medal (4) and various unit and service awards.