|Captain Mark L. Cedrun
Commanding Officer (September 2008 - January 2009)
Captain Cedrun is a native of San Francisco, California and grew up in Los Angeles, graduating from Daniel Murphy High School in 1979. Enlisting in the United States Army after high school, he attended the United States Military Academy Preparatory School at Ft. Monmouth, New Jersey graduating in 1980. He then attended the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland and was commissioned an Ensign in 1984. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in General Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War Collete.
Additionally, he has completed Joint Professional Military Education Phases I and II. Captain Cedrun began his career in Surface Warfare aboard the carrier USS RANGER (CV 61), billeted as Deck Division Officer and then as Main Propulsion Officer. Subsequent sea assignments include Chief Engineer tours aboard USS SAGINAW (LST 1188) and USS BUTTE (AE27); Damage Control Assistant aboard USS SAIPAN on the staff of Commander, Amphibious Squadron, SEVEN; and as Executive Officer aboard USS BOXER (LHD4). He commanded the dock landing ship USS ANCHORAGE (LSD 36), deploying to the Arabian Gulf in early 2003 as part of Amphibious Task Force WEST with elements of the FIRST Marine Expeditionary Brigade in support of Operations ENDURING and IRAQI FREEDOM. After decommissioning ANCHORAGE in October 2003, Captain Cedrun's last sea assignment was Executive Officer aboard USS Peleliu (LHA 5).
In addition to the postgraduate education institutions, Captain Cedrun's shore assignments include the staff of Commander, Logistics Squadron TWO as Operations Officer; Officer in Charge of Combat Logistics Group TWO Detachment Earle, New Jersey; and the Joint Forces Staff College Norfolk, Virginia as a student. His most recent assignment was in the Office of the Secretary of Defense as military Assistant for Naval Warfare Programs to the Director, Operational Test Evaluation.
Captain Cedrun has been awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal and is authorized to wear numerous campaign and unit awards.