RADM Mark R. Milliken, USN (Ret)
Rear Admiral Mark R. Milliken, a native of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in June of 1975. In October 1976, during his advanced flight training in Airborne Tactical Data Systems for the E-2C Hawkeye, he was designated a Naval Flight Officer.
Rear Admiral Milliken’s first assignment was with the “Steeljaws” of VAW-122, where he deployed in USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) and USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 62). In 1980 he was assigned to the “Greyhawks” of VAW-120 as an instructor and model manager for the E-2C. From 1983 through 1985, Rear Admiral Milliken served as the Operations Officer with the “Tigertails” of VAW-125 deploying in USS SARATOGA (CV 60).
In September 1985, Rear Admiral Milliken reported as the Personal Aide to the Vice Chief of Naval Operations in Washington, D.C. and in March 1987, he served as the Flag Lieutenant and Personal Aide to the Commander-in-Chief of Allied Forces Southern Europe and Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Naval Forces, Europe in Naples, Italy.
Rear Admiral Milliken reported to the “Bluetails” of VAW-121 as the Executive Officer in October 1988 and assumed command the following year. During his command, the “Bluetails” flew as the Airborne Early Warning platform deployed in USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69) during Operation DESERT SHIELD. While under his command, the “Bluetails” were awarded the “Battle E”, the Airborne Early Warning Excellence Award, and the Meritorious Unit Citation.
From February 1991 through January 1992, Rear Admiral Milliken commanded Carrier Airborne Early Warning Weapons School. In June of 1992 he reported to USS CONSTELLATION (CV 64) where he served as the Executive Officer.
From February 1994 until November 1994, Rear Admiral Milliken served as the Chief of Staff for Commander, Carrier Airborne Early Warning Wing Pacific. In December 1994, he assumed command of USS LASALLE (AGF 3), the Sixth Fleet Flag/Command Ship, homeported in Gaeta, Italy.
In May 1996, Rear Admiral Milliken was assigned as the Seventh Fleet Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations, and on 12 August 1997 assumed command of USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 62), both assignments were in Yokosuka, Japan. Under his command, INDEPENDENCE was awarded the “Battle E.” He decommissioned the INDEPENDENCE on 30 September 1998 and transferred to the Supreme Headquarters, Allied Powers, Europe, Mons, Belgium for duty as the Executive Assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe/Commander in Chief, U.S. European Command.
In November 2000, Rear Admiral Milliken reported to United States Naval Forces Central Command for assignment as the Deputy Commander, stationed at MacDill AFB in Tampa, FL and Manama, Bahrain.
Rear Admiral Milliken’s last tour of duty in uniform was as the Director, Navy International Programs Office and Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for International Programs. In this capacity he reported to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition) for all Department of the Navy International Programs, including Foreign Military Sales, Security Assistance, International Cooperative Programs, and Technology Transfer.
Rear Admiral Milliken’s decorations include Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal (2 awards), Legion of Merit (6 awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards) and various campaign and unit awards.
Mark retired on 1 January 2006 and took a position with Raytheon Virtual Technology Corporation (VTC) in Alexandria, Virginia as the Group Manager for Joint Warfighting Solutions a Division of Raytheon Network Centric Systems (NCS). Following the acquisition of VTC by Raytheon, Mark assumed a new position as the lead for Business Development, Navy, C4ISR and International Programs for Command and Control Systems, a division of Raytheon Network Centric Systems (NCS).
In February of 2008, he became a member of Elbit Systems of America (ESA) LLC, headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. Mark currently is the Vice President of Maritime Solutions and Director of Washington Operations. Mark works from the ESA Washington DC office located in the Rosslyn section of Arlington, Virginia.