Rear Adm. (ret) Mark S. Boensel graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1978. After flight training, he was designated a Naval Flight Officer in 1979. Upon completion of initial S-3A training at Sea Control Squadron (VS) 41, he reported to VS-29 where he made a Western Pacific/Indian Ocean deployment aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), and an around-the-world deployment aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). He then reported to VS-41 as a flight instructor, where he served as the S-3A/B Weapon System Model Manager. He next reported to the staff of Commander, Carrier Air Wing 10, as Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer and Administrative Officer. From there he went to the U.S. Naval War College, where he graduated in 1989 from the College of Command and Staff.
He returned to the fleet as a squadron department head of VS-37, holding the billets of Training Officer, Operations Officer, and Maintenance Officer. During this tour, he deployed to the Indian Ocean and Arabian Gulf aboard USS Independence (CV 62), and participated in Operation Desert Shield. He then reported to Washington, D.C., where he served as Special Assistant for Aviation to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Installations and Environment).
In 1994, Boensel reported as Executive Officer of VS-37, from which he deployed to the Western Pacific aboard Kitty Hawk and subsequently disestablished the squadron. He assumed command of VS-29 in July 1995, and completed an Arabian Gulf deployment aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), and went through pre-deployment training aboard Kitty Hawk before relinquishing command in October 1996.
His next assignment returned him to Washington, D.C., in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, to serve as Military Assistant. With a change of Secretary of Defense in January 1997, he reported to the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, where he served as Military Assistant until May 1999. From June 1999 until January 2001, he served on the staff of Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, as Executive Assistant.
Boensel assumed command of Naval Air Station Jacksonville in April 2001. During that tour he was selected for promotion to the rank of Rear Admiral. In July 2004, Boensel returned to Washington, D.C., as the director of the Chief of Naval Operations Environmental Readiness Division (N45). From December 2005 to October 2007 he served as Commander, Navy Region Southeast. After receiving his second star, he assumed duties as Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic in November 2007. Boensel retired from active duty Jan. 1, 2012.
Boensel holds post-graduate degrees in Business Administration, International Relations, and National Security and Strategic Studies. His personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, four awards of the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, two awards of the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and four awards of the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. He has accumulated more than 3,200 flight hours and more than 600 carrier arrested landings.