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Captain Mark Zematis

A native of Barkhamsted, Connecticut, CAPT Zematis graduated from the United States Naval Academy in May 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering.  Additionally, he holds a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.

CAPT Zematis reported to his initial operational assignment with Patrol Squadron FIVE (VP-5) in January 2002.  Designated as an Instructor Pilot and Mission Commander, he deployed to Sigonella, Sicily, Keflavik, Iceland, and Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico.

Subsequent operational tours included Flag Lieutenant to Commander, Carrier Strike Group NINE (CSG-9); Department Head tour in Patrol Squadron FOUR SEVEN (VP 47); and command of Patrol Squadron FOUR FIVE (VP-45) where he led the squadron on a multi-site deployment to the SEVENTH and FOURTH Fleets.

CAPT Zematis’ shore assignments included Fleet Replacement Squadron Instructor Duty in Patrol Squadron THIRTY (VP-30); Deputy Chief of the Joint Reconnaissance Center in the US Pacific Command’s Operations Directorate (J-3); Deputy Executive Assistant to Director, Air Warfare Division (OPNAV N98); and Multi-Mission Branch Head in OPNAV N98. CAPT Zematis reported to NAS Patuxent River as Executive Officer in January 2024.

In his career, CAPT Zematis has accumulated over 2,600 flight hours.  His personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Meritorious Service Medal, four Navy Commendation Medals, two Joint Service Achievement Medals, two Navy Achievement Medals, and other various campaign, unit, and service awards.

Last Updated: 9 January 2024


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