Captain Mark J. Runstrom
Supply Corps, United States Navy
Naval Sea Logistics Center
A Chicago-area native, Captain Runstrom graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and received his commission through the Navy ROTC program.
Upon designation as a Supply Corps Officer and completion of the Basic Qualification Course, he was assigned as Material Control Officer in Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron ELEVEN (HS-11). As part of Carrier Air Wing ONE (CVW-1), he deployed onboard USS AMERICA (CV-66) to the Mediterranean Sea and earned the Battle ‘E’ and Golden Wrench Awards.
Captain Runstrom remained on sea duty as the Supply Officer in USS MEMPHIS (SSN-691). During this tour, he completed a Refueling Overhaul in Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and deployed again to the Mediterranean Sea while earning the Supply ‘Blue E’ and was the COMSUBLANT Edward F. Ney award runner-up.
Captain Runstrom’s next assignment was as a Contract Specialist in Naval Sea Systems Command. During this tour, he supported a variety of undersea warfare and shipbuilding contracts and earned his DAWIA Level II certification.
He then returned to sea duty as Aviation Support (S-6) Officer and Principal Assistant for Logistics onboard USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65) where he completed a highly successful deployment to the Mediterranean Sea, Arabian Gulf and North Arabian Sea in support of the beginning of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.
Selected for the Supply Corps’ 810 post-graduate education program, he attended the University of Texas’ McCombs School of Business. Following graduate school, he served as Fleet Maintenance Support Officer and Contracting Officer at the Fleet Industrial Supply Center, Pearl Harbor and Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard.
Captain Runstrom then served as Aide-de-Camp to the Director, Defense Logistics Agency, Fort Belvoir, VA. Following this tour as Flag Aide, he attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF). Upon graduation from ICAF, he was assigned to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Logistics Directorate (J-4) where he served as Operational Contract Support Branch Chief, Department of Defense Liaison Officer to USAID during Operation UNIFIED RESPONSE and was selected Joint Staff Logistics Officer of the Year for 2010.
Captain Runstrom most recently served as the Supply Officer onboard USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71), where he led his department to earn the 2012 and 2013 Supply ‘Blue E’ and completion of a 4-year, $4.5B Refueling Complex Overhaul and subsequent operational certifications. He was also a recipient of the 2012 Naval Air Forces Leadership Award for outstanding leadership in the execution of duties.
He holds Masters Degrees in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin and in National Resource Management from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He is also a graduate of the Executive Education programs from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. A member of the Navy’s Acquisition Professional Community, he is qualified Joint Specialty Officer, Naval Aviation Supply Officer and Submarine Supply Officer. His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 awards), and Navy Achievement Medal (6 awards).