Mark I. Fox

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Mark Irby Fox
Fox Oct. 2013.jpg
Vice Admiral Mark I. Fox, USN
(as Deputy Commander, USCENTCOM)
Nickname(s) MRT[1]
Born March 1, 1956
Abilene, Texas
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Navy
Years of service 1978-present
Rank US-O9 insignia.svg Vice Admiral
Commands held US Naval Forces Central Command
Battles/wars Operation Desert Storm
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Awards Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Silver Star
Legion of Merit
Distinguished Flying Cross

Mark Irby "MRT" Fox (born March 1, 1956) is a United States Navy Vice Admiral currently serving as the Deputy Commander of United States Central Command. Prior to assuming his duties at CENTCOM, he served as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans, and Strategy (N3/N5), Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (COMUSNAVCENT) and Commander, U.S. 5th Fleet (COMFIFTHFLT).[2] He also previously served as the Commander of the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center (NSAWC) at Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada, and as Communications Division Chief, American Embassy Annex, Baghdad, Iraq.

In October 2006, then-Rear Admiral Fox completed a tour as the Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Military Office (WHMO), responsible for overseeing all military support to the President. He also served as WHMO Deputy Director for 18 months before assuming responsibilities as WHMO Director in January 2005.[3]



A native of Abilene, Texas, Fox was commissioned in June 1978 upon graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy and was designated a Naval Aviator in March 1980.

During his career, Fox has deployed from both coasts in five fleet tours, flying the A-7E Corsair II and F/A-18 Hornet in over 100 combat and contingency missions off the coasts of Lebanon and Libya, and over the Balkans and Iraq.

His combat highlights include scoring the first Navy MiG kill of Operation Desert Storm prior to dropping his bombs on an airfield in western Iraq on January 17, 1991, and leading the opening "Shock and Awe" strike of Operation Iraqi Freedom on March 21, 2003.

Fox’s previous command assignments include Commander, Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center; Commander, Carrier Strike Group Ten; Commander, Carrier Air Wing 2; Commander, Strike Fighter Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet (STKFITWINGPAC); the first Commanding Officer of Strike Fighter Squadron 122 (the Navy’s first F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Fleet Replacement Squadron), and Commanding Officer of Strike Fighter Squadron 81.

Shore tours include duty as an A-7E Instructor Pilot in Attack Squadron 174; a tour as the Light Attack/Strike Fighter Junior Officer Detailer in the Naval Military Personnel Command; assignment as Aide and Flag Lieutenant for Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet; Aide and Flag Lieutenant to the Assistant Chief of Naval Operations (Air Warfare - OP-05); joint duty as the Maritime Plans Officer at Supreme Headquarters, Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in Casteau, Belgium; and service as the Joint Strike and Aviation Programs Liaison Officer in the Navy's Office of Legislative Affairs in Washington, D.C.

He is married to Priscilla (née Wood). They have four children, William, Collin, Mason and Abigail.

Awards and decorations[edit]

Fox has logged over 4,900 flight hours and 1,348 arrested landings on 15 different aircraft carriers.

Naval Aviator Badge.jpg Naval Aviator insignia
US - Presidential Service Badge.png Presidential Service Badge
Seal of the United States Central Command.png United States Central Command Badge
Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Gold star
Navy Distinguished Service Medal (with 1 gold award star)
Silver Star
Gold star
Gold star
Legion of Merit (with 2 award stars)
Combat Distinguishing Device.png Distinguished Flying Cross (with Combat "V")
Gold star
Bronze Star (with 1 award star)
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Meritorious Service Medal (with 3 award stars)
Combat Distinguishing Device.png Award numeral 5 golden.pngAward numeral 6.png Air Medal (with Combat V, gold award numeral 5 and bronze Strike/Flight numeral 6)
Combat Distinguishing Device.png Award star (gold).pngAward star (gold).png Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (with Combat V and 2 award stars)
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Joint Meritorious Unit Award (with 2 bronze oak leaf clusters)
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Navy Unit Commendation (with 4 bronze service stars)
Bronze star
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (with 1 service star)
Bronze star
Navy Expeditionary Medal (with 1 service star)
Bronze star
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal (with 2 service stars)
Bronze star
Bronze star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (with 2 service stars)
Bronze star
Bronze star
Southwest Asia Service Medal (with 2 service stars)
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Iraq Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Bronze star
Armed Forces Service Medal (with 1 service star)
Bronze star
Silver star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (with 1 silver and 3 bronze service stars)
Navy & Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon
The Khalifiyyeh Order of Bahrain, 1st class.png The Khalifiyyeh Order of Bahrain, First Class
NATO Medal Yugoslavia ribbon bar.svg NATO Medal for Former Yugoslavia
Us sa-kwlib rib.png Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)
Us kw-kwlib rib.png Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)
USN Expert Rifle Ribbon.png Navy Expert Rifleman Medal
USN Expert Pistol Shot Ribbon.png Navy Expert Pistol Shot Medal

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "NSAWC Holds Change of Command Ceremony" United States Navy. Released 24 April 2010. Retrieved 18 September 2012,
  2. ^ Hunsaker, Lewis. "Vice Adm. Miller Takes Helm of U.S. Navy in Middle East". United States Navy. Retrieved 26 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "United State Navy Biographies - Rear Admiral Mark I. Fox". United States Navy. Retrieved 2007-01-10. 

External links[edit]

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