Rear Admiral Mark A. Handley was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officer Training program at Villanova University in 1981 where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He earned a Masters of Engineering (Construction) in 1986 from Stanford University, and attended the University of Michigan’s Executive Program.
Rear Adm. Handley’s early duty assignments include Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3, Port Hueneme, Calif., where he served as the Alfa Company Commander; Activity Civil Engineer for the Naval War College, Newport, R. I.; Western Division, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), as Accessions Officer; Project Manager for Magna, Utah, in support of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Force Treaty with the former Soviet Union; and then Head of the Environmental Contracts Division.
In June 1989, Rear Adm. Handley attended the Defense Language School in preparation for his assignment as Resident Officer in Charge of Construction (ROICC), Vicenza, Italy. In March 1993, Rear Adm. Handley reported to Officer in Charge of Construction (OICC), Middle Pacific (MIDPAC) Hawaii as ROICC West Oahu, and then ROICC MIDPAC overseeing construction and contract management throughout the MIDPAC region. Reporting to the Pentagon in May 1996, Rear Adm. Handley served as the Head, Real Property Maintenance and Energy Branch for the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Logistics). He was then assigned as Executive Assistant to the Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command and Chief of Civil Engineers.
Returning to the Seabees in 1999, Rear Adm. Handley was the Commanding Officer of NMCB 5, Port Hueneme, Calif. NMCB 5 received both the Pacific Fleet Battle “E” and the Peltier Award for outstanding military engineering services in fiscal year 2000.
Rear Adm. Handley then served as Executive Officer of the Navy Public Works Center, San Diego, Calif., from August 2000 to May 2003. From May 2003 to June 2005, he served as the Commodore of the 22nd Naval Construction Regiment homeported at the Construction Battalion Center, Gulfport, Miss. During this tour, he deployed as a Regimental element with the First Marine Expeditionary Force to Fallujah, Iraq, for Operation Iraqi Freedom. He took command of NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic, Norfolk, and became Regional Engineer for Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic June 3, 2005.
Rear Adm. Handley is currently serving as Deputy Commander and Director of Ashore Readiness for Commander, Navy Installations Command, Washington.
Rear Adm. Handley’s personal awards include the Legion of Merit (two awards), Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (five awards), the Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), and the Navy Achievement Medal. He is designated as a Seabee Combat Warfare Officer, a member of the Defense Acquisition Professional Community, and is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Washington.