Rear Adm. Mark Mouriski is a native of Abbotsford, Wisconsin. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1981 and was trained as a CH-53E engine mechanic. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Science and was designated a Naval Flight Officer in 1989. Mouriski holds a Master of Arts in Diplomacy from Norwich University. He is a graduate of the Naval War College, and both of the Defense Systems Management College Advanced and Executive Program Management Courses. He is a member of the Acquisition Professional Community and is Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act-certified Level III in Program Management, Engineering and Business, Cost Estimating, and Financial Management.
Mouriski’s active duty operational assignments include Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron One (VQ 1) and Patrol Squadron Special Projects Unit One (VPU 1). Ashore, he served at Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) as the avionics systems project officer for EP-3E, ES-3A and Special Projects aircraft.
He affiliated with NAVAIR Reserve Program (NRP) in 1997. He has contributed to missions including the Hairy Buffalo Test Aircraft; Weapon’s Engagement Office; Program Executive Office; Expeditionary Logistics; Forward Deployed Combat Repair; Unmanned Aerial Systems; and Rapid Research and Development.
In 2011, Mouriski mobilized for 16 months as officer in charge (OIC) for Copperhead Unmanned Aerial System Detachment 2 and 3 in Iraq and Afghanistan conducting Counter-IED operations.
His command tour was with Rapid Research and Development. Under his leadership, the unit earned the Rear Admiral Hugh Smith Award NRP Reserve Unit of the Year in 2015. He also served as OIC for Expeditionary Logistics Detachment B, Forward Deployed Combat Repair Detachment B, and Flight Test Augmentation Unit.
His awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Strike/Flight Air Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon and various unit and campaign awards. He has over 2,000 flight hours in P-3 variant aircraft.