Vice President for Arctic Maritime and Logistics
Rear Admiral Guadagnini graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1980, earning a Bachelor of Science in Economics.
Operationally, he served as a division officer in Attack Squadron VA-65, on the staff of Carrier Air Wing 8 as head landing signal officer and strike operations officer, as head of the safety and maintenance departments in VA-65, and as operations officer for Carrier Strike Group 8. He commanded Strike Fighter Attack Squadron 15 and Carrier Air Wing 17. During these operational tours he operated from the decks of 12 different aircraft carriers, participating in combat Operations Desert Storm, Provide Comfort, Deliberate Force, Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom.
Shore duty assignments included three years as a test pilot and instructor at the Naval Test Pilot School, a Legislative Fellowship in the United States Senate, and as an aide and flag lieutenant in the Bureau of Naval Personnel and on the U.S. Pacific Fleet staff in Hawaii. Guadagnini also worked as a liaison between the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the U.S. Congress, and served in the Navy Personnel Command as the division director for Aviation Officer Distribution.
As a flag officer, he commanded Carrier Strike Group NINE, served as the chief of Naval Air Training; head of Human Resources for the Naval Aviation Enterprise; Deputy Commander for Fleet Management at U.S. Fleet Forces Command; and served as the director, Maritime Headquarters at U.S. Fleet Forces Command. He has over 4,700 hours of flight time in 52 different aircraft, and flew 95 combat missions.
Mark Guadagnini retired from active duty in October 2013, and is currently employed by Shell as Vice President for Arctic Maritime and Logistics.