Rear Adm. Mark E. Moritz is a native of Springville, New York. He enlisted in the Navy in 1981 where he attended boot camp at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois. He served as a hospital corpsman at 2nd Battalion 9th Marines, and the 24th Marine Amphibious Unit, in Beirut, Lebanon in 1983. He left active component in 1986 to graduate college and medical school. Moritz obtained an Associate of Business, a Bachelor of Science in Pre-Medicine, and a Master of Science in Biology, all from the State University of New York.
He completed his first year of Medical School at Case Western Reserve University in 1989 before being recalled to active duty when he served with the 3rd Battalion, 25th Marines in support of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He was promoted to chief petty officer in 1991. Moritz graduated Medical School in 1995 from The Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. He was commissioned in 1994 as a lieutenant in the Medical Service Corps. He completed residency and fellowship at the University of Utah in 1998.
Moritz’ sea and deployed tours post-commissioning include the 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion of the Iron Horse Marines, and the 4th Medical Battalion, 4th Marines Logistics Group. Moritz’ shore tours include Battalion Headquarters, 4th Medical Battalion; executive officer for Expeditionary Medical Facility Camp Pendleton, California; and deputy chief of staff, Navy Reserve, Navy Medicine Education and Training Command in San Antonio, Texas.
Moritz’ command tours include commanding officer of 4th Medical Battalion, 4th Marine Logistics Group, Marine Forces Reserve.
Moritz’ personal awards include: Fleet Marine Force Warfare Officer, Parachutist, Meritorious Service Medals (two awards), Navy Commendation Medals (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals (four awards), along with various campaign and service medals. He is most proud of being a former Navy Chief and serving with great Enlisted and Officers for over 38 years.