The son of a career naval officer, Mark Montgomery graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1985 with bachelors and master’s degrees in History and Political Science, and was commissioned through the Navy Reserve Officers Training Corps program. He subsequently attended Oxford University where he earned a master’s degree in History. He has also completed the Navy’s nuclear power training program.
Montgomery’s shipboard assignments include tours as an engineering division Officer on USS Bainbridge (CGN 25); operations officer on USS Leftwich (DD 984); reactor electrical assistant on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71); and, executive officer of USS Elliot (DD 967). From 2001 to 2003, he was the first commanding officer of USS McCampbell (DDG 85), during which time the ship was delivered to the Navy and completed two counter-narcotics deployments. From 2004 to 2006, he served as reactor officer on USS Nimitz (CVN 68). From 2007 to 2009, he commanded Destroyer Squadron 15 and Task Group 75.4, leading the destroyers and frigates assigned to U.S. 7th Fleet, completing multiple deployments with the Kitty Hawk and George Washington Carrier Strike Groups.
Ashore, he was selected as a White House fellow in 1998 and assigned to the National Security Council from 1998 to 2000, serving as a director for Transnational Threats, coordinating national security policy in the areas of counter-terrorism, information security and critical infrastructure protection. He later served as the head of the Strategy Branch in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, developing and implementing Navy strategic and operational planning initiatives.
As a flag officer, he served as deputy director, Plans, Policy and Strategy, United States European Command, Stuttgart, Germany. In January 2013, he assumed command of Battle Force Seventh Fleet/Task Force Seven Zero/Carrier Strike Group Five permanently embarked on board the USS George Washington (CVN 73) forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan.
He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Seminar XXI course. His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal (two awards), the Legion of Merit (two awards), and the Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), and other campaign and unit awards.