Lieutenant Mark Guadagnini, a native of Virginia Beach, VA, commissioned in 2008, with a Bachelor of Science in Quantitative Economics from the United States Naval Academy. In November 2008, after working in the physical education department at USNA, he reported to Pensacola, Florida for flight training as a Naval Aviator. He winged out of Corpus Christi, TX in 2011 after carrier qualifying aboard the USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH (CVN-77) and completing Multi-Engine training. He reported to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 120 in Norfolk to train in the C-2A Greyhound.
After carrier qualifying in the C-2A aboard the USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65) in December 2012, he received orders to Fleet Logistics Support Squadron Four Zero at Naval Station Norfolk, VA. During Lieutenant Guadagnini’s three years at VRC-40, he served as Ground Safety Officer, Detachment 3’s Assistant Operations Officer, Quality Assurance Officer, Aircraft Division Officer, Head Landing Signals Officer, NATOPS Officer, and Detachment 2’s Operations Officer while qualifying as a Carrier Transport Aircraft Commander, C-2A Instructor, C-2A NATOPS Instructor, and a Squadron Designated Landing Signals Officer. During his tour, he also successfully completed 100 C-2A carrier arrestments while deploying three times to the Persian Gulf, twice aboard the USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69) and once aboard the USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH (CVN-77). He detached in January 2015 to report to University of Michigan Naval ROTC.
Currently, Lieutenant Guadagnini is an Assistant Professor of Naval Science and the Naval Aviation Officer at the University of Michigan NROTC Unit and is pursuing a Master in Business Administration.
His personal decorations include the Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation Award, and the Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.