Captain Mark H. Oesterreich assumed command of the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) in July of 2017. NSWC Crane delivers innovative solutions and readiness to the Nation and its Warfighters through application of its technical capabilities.
A native of South Holland, Illinois, Captain Oesterreich received his commission from the United States Naval Academy in May 1991, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Naval Architecture. He completed the nuclear training pipeline and served aboard USS ARCHERFISH (SSN 678), completing his qualification in Submarines.
Captain Oesterreich attended the Naval Postgraduate School earning a Master of Science degree and Professional Engineer’s degree in Mechanical Engineering as well as certification as a Professional Engineer in Mechanical Engineering. Following his graduate studies, he completed the Submarine Officer Advanced Course and served aboard USS OHIO (SSBN-726G) as Engineering Officer until his transfer to the Engineering Duty Officer Community in January of 2003.
Captain Oesterreich next served at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility as the Deputy Project Superintendent for the Refueling Overhaul and Conversion of USS MICHIGAN (SSGN-727).
In November of 2007 he reported to the Director, Fleet Readiness Division (N43), on the Staff of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) as a Ship and Submarine Readiness Action Officer responsible for Carrier Maintenance Requirements and Fleet Maintenance Requirement Integration. Captain Oesterreich then assumed responsibility as Chief Engineering Officer aboard USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN-76) in December of 2007 completing two deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
In June of 2010 he reported to the staff of Commander Naval Air Forces Pacific as the Carrier Force Maintenance Officer. Following selection for Captain, he reported to Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility where he served as the Business and Strategic Planning Officer and Production Resources Officer.
In July of 2014 Captain Oesterreich reported to the staff of Commander Naval Air Forces, Atlantic for duty as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Ship Maintenance and Material. One year later he was transferred to the same position at Commander Naval Air Forces Pacific Fleet.
Captain Oesterreich’s service decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal and various personal, campaign, service, and operational awards.