Armor & Mobility

MAR/APR 2017

Military magazines in the United States and Canada, covering Armor and Mobility, focuses on tactical vehicles, C4ISR, Special Operations Forces, latest soldier equipment, shelters, and key DoD programs

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Rear Adm. Mike Zarkowski is a native of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and a 1987 graduate of Millersville University of Pennsylvania. He was designated an aerospace mainte- nance duty officer in 1988. He attended the United States Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, and received his Master of Science in Material Logistics Support Management in June 1998. In 1999, he was designated an Acquisition Corps member. Zarkowski's operational assignments include tours as maintenance material control officer (MMCO) in Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123, MMCO/assistant main- tenance officer (AMO) in Fighter Squadron (VF) 32, carrier air group maintenance officer (CAGMO) in Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 and aircraft intermediate maintenance department officer (AIMDO) aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). During these tours, he participated in Operations Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom aboard USS America (CV 66), USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) and USS George Washington (CVN 73). His shore tours include airframes/avionics division offi- cer, Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department Norfolk, Virginia; assistant chief of staff for logistics, Commander, Strike Force Training Atlantic and Aviation Readiness; sup- port equipment director, Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic Fleet, Norfolk; Commander, Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlan- tic, Oceana, Virginia. Zarkowski's acquisition tours include deputy program manager, Consolidated Automated Support System (CASS) Electro-Optics Plus in Aviation Support Equipment (PMA- 260); aide to the Commander Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR); and Autonomic Logistic Systems Engineering inte- grated product team lead, the Joint Strike Fighter Program Office; and Commander, Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic. He assumed command of Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers (COMFRC) at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Mary- land, in June 2016. He previously served as vice commander, COMFRC from 2014 to 2016. Zarkowski earned his Professional Aviation Maintenance Officer Wings and has been awarded the Legion of Merit (two awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Ser- vice Medal (four awards), Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Battle Efficiency Award (Command Award) (two awards) and the Thomas Hudner Leadership Award. Interview conducted by A&M Editor Kevin Hunter ENSURING FLEET READINESS FOR ANY CONTINGENCY A&M had the pleasure of speaking with Rear Adm. Michael Zarkowski, Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers, Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, regarding the current state of U.S. Navy and Marine Corps air asset readiness. A&M: Please speak to your role as Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers and its mission. Rear Adm. Zarkowski: I am privileged to lead the more than approximately 18,000-strong, shore-based aviation maintenance workforce comprised of highly skilled military, civilian and contractor aeronautical engineers, logisticians, managers, technicians and artisans who produce aircraft ready for tasking (RFT) by providing maintenance, repair and overhaul of Navy and Marine Corps aviation assets and support equipment. Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers (COMFRC) is located at Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, Maryland, and serves as head- quarters for eight Fleet Readiness Centers (FRCs) located worldwide: FRC Southwest at NAS North Island, California; FRC Southeast at NAS Jacksonville, Florida; FRC East (FRCE) at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point, North Carolina; FRC Northwest at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington; FRC West at NAS Lemoore, California; FRC Mid- Atlantic at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia; FRC Western Pacific (FRCWP) at Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi, Japan; and FRC Aviation Rear Adm. Mike Zarkowski Commander Fleet Readiness Centers Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD NAVAL AIR LOGISTICS FLEET READINESS CENTERS www.tacticaldefensemedia.com 22 | Armor & Mobility | March/April 2017

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