Mark E. Ferguson III
|Mark E. Ferguson III|
Admiral Mark E. Ferguson III, USN
|Born||October 30, 1956|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1978–present|
|Commands held||Vice Chief of Naval Operations
Chief of Naval Personnel
Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Manpower, Personnel, Training & Education)
Chief of Legislative Affairs and Assistant Commander for Distribution, Navy Personnel Command
Assistant Surface Captain Assignment Officer and Surface Nuclear Assignment Officer, Bureau of Navy Personnel
Special Assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe
Liaison Officer and Director of the Senate Liaison Office, Office of Legislative Affairs
|Awards||Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit (3)
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal (3)
Mark E. Ferguson III (born October 30, 1956) is a United States Navy four-star admiral who currently serves as the 37th Vice Chief of Naval Operations. He previously served as the 55th Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP) and concurrently served as the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Manpower, Personnel, Training & Education). Prior to that, he served as Chief of Legislative Affairs and Assistant Commander for Distribution, Navy Personnel Command. He assumed his current assignment on August 22, 2011.
Ferguson received his commission, with distinction, from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1978.
Ferguson has served at sea onboard the USS South Carolina (CGN 37), the USS Fife (DD 991), the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) as Reactor Officer, and as Commanding Officer on the USS Benfold (DDG 65) and Commodore of Destroyer Squadron Eighteen.
Ashore, Ferguson has served at the Navy Personnel Command (as Flag Officer), the Bureau of Navy Personnel, the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, and in the Office of Legislative Affairs (two tours).
From April 16, 2008 until August 22, 2011 Ferguson served as the Navy's 55th Chief of Naval Personnel, serving concurrently as the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Manpower, Personnel, Training & Education).
Military Awards 
|Surface Warfare Officer Pin|
|Navy Distinguished Service Medal w/ 1 award star||Defense Superior Service Medal||Legion of Merit w/ 2 award stars|
|Defense Meritorious Service Medal||Meritorious Service Medal w/ 2 award stars||Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal w/ 1 award star|
|Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal||Joint Meritorious Unit Award w/ 1 oak leaf cluster||Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation w/ 1 service star|
|Navy E Ribbon||Navy Expeditionary Medal||National Defense Service Medal w/ 2 service stars|
|Southwest Asia Service Medal w/ 2 campaign stars||Global War on Terrorism Service Medal||Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon w/ 4 service stars|
|Navy & Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon||NATO Medal for Yugoslavia service||Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)|
- Cardinal Gibbons School, Class of 1974
- United States Naval Academy, Class of 1978
- Master's degree in Computer Science, Naval Postgraduate School
- National Security Fellowship, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
- Air Command and Staff College.
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