Captain Howard Markle is a native of Pennsylvania and enlisted in the Navy in 1986. Upon graduation from boot camp, he served as a nuclear trained Electronics Technician. He was subsequently selected for an enlisted commissioning program and commissioned in 1993.
His education includes a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nuclear Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, and a Mechanical Engineer Degree as well as completion of the Total Ship Systems Engineering (TSSE) program from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. Additionally, he holds a Professional Engineers License in Mechanical Engineering from the state of California.
His afloat tours included the USS Klakring (FFG 42) where he qualified as a Surface Warfare Office, Engineering Officer of the Watch, and Tactical Action Officer during four operational deployments to Haiti and two Mediterranean deployments while supporting Operations Support Democracy, Able Vigil, Deny Flight and Sharp Guard. He earned his submarine qualification as an Engineering Duty Officer and completed a qualification tour aboard USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN 730) in Bangor, Washington. He completed a tour as Chief Engineer on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) during two Fifth Fleet deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Additionally, he completed a tour as an Individual Augmentee in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom to the Multi-National Corps-Iraq Headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq.
Ashore he served at Fleet Combat Training Center Atlantic in Dam Neck, Virginia, qualifying as an instructor for the Tomahawk Watch Officer and Cruise Missile Command Course as well as serving as the division officer for Gunnery and Fire Control Divisions. He qualified as a CNET Master Training Specialist and was selected as FCTCLANT and COMTRALANT Instructor of the Year for 1997.
His Engineering Duty Officer assignments include Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility where he served as Project Superintendent; Deputy Project Superintendent, Ship Safety Officer and Work Integration Manager on multiple submarine maintenance availabilities and Shipyard Docking Officer. He served at Naval Sea Systems Command at the Washington Navy Yard where he was the Director, Shipyard Availability Performance Branch in SEA 04XO Shipyard Operations Division and Factory Manager in PMS 392, Submarine In-Service Program Office. Additionally, he was assigned to Norfolk Naval Shipyard as the Deputy Operations Officer and Deputy Project Superintendent on multiple aircraft carrier maintenance availabilities. He served on the staff of United States Fleet Forces Command as the Carrier and Submarine Maintenance Officer within the Fleet Maintenance Directorate.
He served as a Department Head as the Operations Officer and Production Resources Officer, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, Maine. He completed a major command tour as Commander, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility and the Northwest Regional Maintenance Center, Bremerton, Washington.
His most recent assignment is as the Acting Director, Industrial Operations (SEA 04) at the Washington Navy Yard, DC.
He has served on teams that have been awarded the Joint Meritorious Unit Citation, Navy Unit Commendation, Coast Guard Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation and Battle Efficiency E Awards. Additionally, he has served on teams who have been awarded the annual DoD Maintenance Excellence award for field level maintenance on Dwight D. Eisenhower and twice for the Robert T. Mason Depot award while serving at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and in command at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility.