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Mark W. Balmert
Rear Admiral Mark W. Balmert
Place of birth Fort Madison, Iowa
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1977-2008
Rank Rear Admiral
Commands held Expeditionary Strike Group 3
Battles/wars Operation Enduring Freedom
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Awards Legion of Merit (5)
Bronze Star
Other work Northrop Grumman, Strategic Senior Consulting Manager

Mark William Balmert is retired United States Navy rear admiral. His last command was the joint Navy and Marine Corps Expeditionary Strike Group 3. He retired from the Navy in 2008 and joined Northrop Grumman as a Strategic Senior Consulting Manager.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Early years; education[edit | edit source]

Balmert was born in Fort Madison, Iowa. He participated in the Navy Reserve Officer Training program (NROTC) at the University of Notre Dame, and graduated in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. He earned a Master of Science in Financial Management from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1985. He is a 1989 graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College[1] He also attended the National Securities Management Course at the Maxwell School of Citizenship at Syracuse University.

United States Navy career[edit | edit source]

Balmert was commissioned as an Ensign in December 1977 through the NROTC program.[1] He attended Surface Warfare Officers School and then began his first sea assignment in 1978 aboard the USS Lynde McCormick (DDG 8). He served as the Engineering officer aboard the USS Fife (DD 991) from 1986 to 1988, and aboard the USS Merrill (DD 976) as Executive Officer from 1991 to 1992. CDR Balmert commanded USS Chandler (DDG 996) from 7 August 1996 to 18 December 1998,[2] winning the Battle Efficiency Award, and Destroyer Squadron 7 during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom as Sea Combat Commander for the Constellation Battle Group.

Shore assignments include Naval Plans Officer at Headquarters, United Nations Command and Combined Forces Command in Seoul, Korea; Surface Commander Assignments Branch Head in Millington, Tenn.; Chief of Staff for Commander Naval Surface Force U.S. Pacific Fleet; Director, Operations Division, Office of Budget in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Management/ Comptroller) and Director, Operations Division, Fiscal Management Division in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations.

Ribbon cutting for ESG 3, RDML Balmert (left) and MajGen Carl Jensen, USMC (right), April 2007

Balmert also served as Chief Staff Officer of Destroyer Squadron 13; Assistant Surface Operations Officer for Commander 7th Fleet; Flag Secretary for Commander 3rd Fleet; Operations Officer for Commander Cruiser-Destroyer Group 1; Commander Expeditionary Strike Group 5;[3] and as Commander Expeditionary Strike Group 3.[4] He was succeeded as commander for ESG3 on May 22, 2008 by Rear Admiral Kendall L. Card.[5] RDML Balmert's final assignment was as Commander, Amphibious Group Three.[6] Balmert was nominated for promotion to the rank of Rear Admiral (Lower Half) in April 2004.[7] He retired from the U.S. Navy in 2008.

Military awards and decorations[edit | edit source]

RDML Balmert’s personal decorations include the Legion of Merit with four Gold Stars, the Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with two Gold Stars, the Navy Commendation Medal with three Gold Stars, and the Joint Service Achievement Medal.

Post-military career[edit | edit source]

In July 2008, Balmert joined Northrop Grumman Corporation as a Strategic Senior Consulting Manager of Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding.[8]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 R. S. Erskine, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (30 April 2004). "Letter submitting Balmert for promotion to Rear Admiral" (PDF). House Armed Services Committee. http://armedservices.house.gov/comdocs/reports/2004exereports/04-05-04balmert.pdf. Retrieved 4 January 2009. 
  2. Hechler; Wolfgang and Ron Reeves. "Commanding Officers". USS CHANDLER DD-996 / DDG-996 History. navsource.org. http://www.navsource.org/archives/05/996.htm. Retrieved 4 January 2009. 
  3. Cassidy, Shannon K. (14 September 2006). "ESG 5 Departs For 2006 Deployment". , Fleet Public Affairs Center, Pacific, United States Navy. Story Number: NNS060914-03. http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=25570. Retrieved 4 January 2009. 
  4. Brandenburg, David A. (4 May 2007). "New Orleans Arrives At Homeport San Diego". Fleet Public Affairs Center Pacific, United States Navy. Story Number: NNS070504-10. http://www.news.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=29196. Retrieved 4 January 2009. 
  5. "Commander". Expeditionary Strike Group 3, United States Navy. http://www.esg3.navy.mil/pages/commander.htm. Retrieved 4 January 2009. 
  6. "US Navy Flag Officer Assignments as of Wednesday, December 31, 2008". SeaWaves Magazine. Archived from the original on 9 July 2008. http://web.archive.org/web/20080709033558/http://www.seawaves.com/fleets/USFleet-Info/flag_officer_assignments.htm. Retrieved 4 January 2009. 
  7. "Full Committee Reports". 109th Congress, House Armed Services Committee. http://armedservices.house.gov/comdocs/reports/executivereports108.shtml. Retrieved 4 January 2009. 
  8. "Northrop Grumman Announces new Key Hire to Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding-Gulf Coast’s AMSEC Operations". Northrop Grumman. July 7, 2008. http://www.amsec.com/AMSEC_web/PR_Balmert.html. Retrieved 4 January 2009. 

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