Vice Admiral Mark Fox assumed responsibilities as deputy commander, U.S. Central Command in early September 2013. A native of Abilene, Texas, he was commissioned in June 1978 upon graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy and designated a Naval Aviator in March 1980.
Fox has spent the majority of his operational career deploying to, and operating in, the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, having commanded U.S. Naval Central Command/U.S. 5th Fleet/Combined Maritime Forces (2010-2012); Carrier Strike Group 10 aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) (2008); Carrier Air Wing 2 aboard USS Constellation (CV 64) (2001-2003); and Strike Fighter Squadron 81 aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65) (1995-1996) in the region. Additionally, he served as Communications Division Chief and spokesman for the Multi-National Force – Iraq (MNF-I) in Baghdad from 2006-07, where he worked extensively with coalition partners.
Other command and executive leadership assignments include service as deputy chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans, and Strategy (N3/N5) in Washington, D.C.; commander, Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center in Fallon, Nevada; deputy assistant to the President and, director, White House Military Office (WHMO); responsible for overseeing all military support to the President; commodore of the Strike Fighter Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet in Lemoore, Caliornia; and, service as the first commanding officer of Strike Fighter Squadron 122, the Navy's first FA-18E/F Super Hornet squadron, in Lemoore.
Shore tours include: duty as the deputy director of WHMO; service as the Aviation Programs liaison officer in the Navy's Office of Legislative Affairs in Washington, D.C.; joint duty as the maritime plans officer at Supreme Headquarters; Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in Casteau, Belgium; Aide and Flag Lieutenant for Commander, Naval Air Forces, U.S. Atlantic Fleet and the assistant chief of Naval Operations (Air Warfare - OP-05); a tour as the Light Attack/Strike Fighter junior officer detailer in the Naval Military Personnel Command; and as an A-7E Corsair II instructor pilot in Attack Squadron 174.
Fox has flown over 100 combat sorties, logged over 4,900 flight hours and 1,348 arrested landings on 15 different aircraft carriers. Military awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Navy Distinguished Service Medal with gold star, Silver Star, Legion of Merit with two gold stars, and the Distinguished Flying Cross with Combat 'V'.