Mark H. Buzby

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Mark H. Buzby
Mark Buzby official portrait.jpg
United States Maritime Administrator
Assumed office
August 3, 2017
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byChip Jaenichen
Personal details
Mark Howard Buzby

(1956-10-06) October 6, 1956 (age 63)
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Alma materUnited States Merchant Marine Academy
Naval War College
Salve Regina University
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Navy
Years of service1979–2013
RankUS Navy O8 infobox.svg Rear Admiral
CommandsDeputy director, expeditionary warfare, N85B, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations

Commander, Joint Task Force Guantanamo (2007-03-29 — 2008-01-11)

Deputy Director, U.S. Fleet Forces Command (2008-01-11 — unknown)

Commander, Military Sealift Command[1] (2009-10-16 — 2013-05-10)

Mark Howard Buzby (born October 6, 1956)[2] is a retired United States Navy rear admiral who is currently serving as Administrator of the United States Maritime Administration.[3][4][5] He retired from the Navy in 2013 and joined Carnival Cruise Line's Safety & Reliability Review Board.[6] In June 2017, President Donald Trump nominated Buzby to be the next Administrator of the United States Maritime Administration. He was confirmed to the position by the United States Senate on August 3, 2017.[7][8]

Born in Atlantic City, New Jersey,[9] Buzby grew up in nearby Linwood.[10]


Official RADM photo

Buzby relieved Rear Admiral Robert D. Reilly Jr. as Commander of the Military Sealift Command (MSC) on October 16, 2009, and served in the position for about 3.5 years. On May 10, 2013, Buzby was relieved by Rear Admiral (select) Thomas K. Shannon and retired from 34 years of service.[11]

A 1979 graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Buzby earned his Bachelor of Science in Nautical Science and U.S. Coast Guard Third Mate License. He was commissioned in June 1979, is a graduate of the Joint Forces Staff College and holds master's degrees from the U.S. Naval War College and Salve Regina University in Strategic Studies and International Relations.

As a surface warfare officer, Buzby made numerous deployments aboard cruisers and destroyers including: USS Connole, USS Aries, USS Yorktown, and USS Shiloh. Buzby commanded the destroyer USS Carney through the ship’s first Mediterranean-Persian Gulf deployment.

Following this tour, Buzby returned to sea as United States Sixth Fleet assistant operations officer, and participated in combat operations as part of NATO’s Operation Allied Force in Kosovo. He then assumed command of Destroyer Squadron 31 as the sea combat commander for the Abraham Lincoln Battle Group during two deployments in support of Operations Southern Watch and Enduring Freedom in Iraq and Afghanistan, respectively.

Ashore, Buzby has served on the Navy staff as the Point Defense Anti-Air Warfare section head for Surface Warfare Division and as Aegis Combat System development officer. Early joint experience was on the Joint Staff, Joint Operations Division as an operations officer and chairman’s briefer. He was the 16th commanding officer of Surface Warfare Officers School command.

Buzby taking command of JTF-GTMO in May 2007.

Buzby took command of Joint Task Force Guantanamo in May 2007 and was relieved by Admiral David M. Thomas Jr. in 2008.

As a flag officer, Buzby has served on the Navy staff as deputy for Surface Ships, deputy for Surface Warfare and deputy for Expeditionary Warfare. He has also served as commander, Joint Task Force Guantanamo, and most recently as deputy chief of Staff for Global Force Management and Joint Operations, United States Fleet Forces Command. Buzby served as the commander of the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command from October 2009 to March 2013.

Buzby’s personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (four awards), Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (five awards) and various other unit and campaign awards.

Awards and decorations[edit]

Surface Warfare Officer Insignia.png Surface Warfare Officer insignia

Navy Distinguished Service Medal (awarded at MSC change of command ceremony)
Defense Superior Service Medal
Gold star
Gold star
Legion of Merit with two award stars
Bronze Star
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Meritorious Service Medal with four award stars
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Gold star
Gold star
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two award stars
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal
Bronze star
Bronze star
Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon with two service stars
Bronze star
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon with a service star
Navy E Ribbon (four times awarded)
Bronze star
Bronze star
Navy Expeditionary Medal with two service stars
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal with a service star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Kosovo Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Silver star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with seven service stars
Navy Overseas Service Ribbon
NATO Medal for Kosovo
Navy Rifle Marksmanship Ribbon
Navy Expert Pistol Shot Medal


 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Navy document "Rear Admiral Mark H. Buzby".

  1. ^ "Rear Admiral Mark H. Buzby". United States Navy. Retrieved 2009-03-19.
  2. ^ Bewig, Matt; Wallechinsky, David (July 24, 2017). "Administrator of the Maritime Administration: Who Is Mark Buzby?". AllGov. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Flag Officer Assignments". US Department of Defense. March 29, 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-02.
  4. ^ Stephanie Heinatz (January 11, 2008). "Navy admirals get new assignments". Norfolk Daily Press. Retrieved 2008-01-09.[dead link]
  5. ^ "Flag Officer Assignments". US Department of Defense. January 11, 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-13.
  6. ^ "Carnival names 4 experts to its newly-formed Safety Board". Retrieved May 29, 2014.
  7. ^ "Adm. Mark Buzby Nominated as Next Maritime Administrator". The Maritime Executive. June 22, 2017. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  8. ^ Ferrette, Candice (August 5, 2017). "USMMA grad confirmed to lead U.S. Maritime Administration". Newsday. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  9. ^ Cronick, Scott. "Everyone Has a Story: Naval admiral, Atlantic City native to boldly go someplace cold", The Press of Atlantic City, October 24, 2009. Accessed September 12, 2018. "As a 30-year United States Navy veteran, Atlantic City native Mark H. Buzby has traveled the world. He has been to every continent except Antarctica. And thanks to his recent promotion, he will be able to check that one off, too, when he goes there in January."
  10. ^ DeAngelis, Martin. "Egg Harbor Township Submarine Veterans prepare to unveil memorial, years in making", The Press of Atlantic City, March 29, 2015. Accessed September 12, 2018. "Rear Admirial Mark H. Buzby is retired now, but he’s a Linwood native who will be a featured speaker at the April 11 dedication of the memorial, and he was instrumental in helping the Egg Harbor Base deal with the Navy to track down a rare torpedo, the local vets say."
  11. ^ "Military Sealift Command Holds Change of Command" By Military Sealift Command Public Affairs (Story Number: NNS130510-06) Retrieved May 12, 2013.

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