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First Name: Mark

Last Name: Ferguson


Gender: Male

Branch: Navy (present)


Middle Name: E.

Date of Birth:

Rank or Rate: Admiral

Years Served: 1978 - present
Mark E. Ferguson, III

Graduate, U.S. Naval Academy, Class of 1978


Mark E. Ferguson III

Admiral, U.S. Navy

Mark E. Ferguson III 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 Destroyer Squadron Eighteen.

Ashore, Ferguson has served at the Navy Personnel Command (as a Flag Officer), the Bureau of Navy Personnel, the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, and in the Office of Legislative Affairs (two tours).

On 24 January 2008, Ferguson was nominated by the President to the grade of Vice Admiral and assignment as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Manpower, Personnel, Training & Education). He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on 13 March 2008.

On 16 April 2008, Ferguson assumed duties as the Navy's 55th Chief of Naval Personnel. He serves concurrently as the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Manpower, Personnel, Training & Education).

On 22 August 2011, Ferguson was promoted to the four-star rank of Admiral and became the 37th Vice Chief of Naval Operations.


Cardinal Gibbons School, Class of 1974

U.S. 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

Medals and Awards

Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Honoree ID: 513   Created by: MHOH




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