Mr. Mark J. Sakowski
Chief of Staff
Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group
A native of Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, Mr. Mark J. Sakowski was commissioned as a Navy Supply Corps Officer in 1981 through the NROTC program at the University of South Carolina, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. After attending the Navy Supply Corps School in Athens, Georgia, he was assigned on USS Briscoe (DD 977), based in Norfolk, Virginia.
In 1983, he was assigned as Supply Officer of the VF-142 "Ghostriders," an F-14 fighter squadron based at Oceana, Virginia. During this tour he deployed on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). In July of 1984, he returned to the Navy Supply Corps School for duty as a Supply Management instructor. During this assignment, he earned his Master's Degree in Business Administration from Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia.
In 1987, Mr. Sakowski was employed as a logistics analyst at the Logistics Management Institute (LMI) in Bethesda, Maryland. In 1988, he returned to active duty and was assigned as a Fleet Support Readiness Briefer and Aviation Integrated Logistics Support Analyst at the Naval Supply Systems Command in Washington, DC. He transferred to San Diego, California in 1992 as the Logistics Officer at the Naval Reserve Readiness Command Region 15.
In 1994, he returned to sea duty as the Assistant Supply Officer of USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), based in Alameda, California, where he was awarded the Rear Adm. Maurice K. Bresnahan Junior Officer Leadership award in 1995. In April of 1996, he reported as the Executive Officer of Naval Reserve Cargo Handling Training Battalion (NRCHTB). He assumed command of the Battalion in June 1997, and then assumed command of the Navy Cargo Handling & Port Group (NAVCHAPGRU), now named NCHB-1, upon its merger with NRCHTB in April 1998.
In July 2000, he reported to the commanding general's staff at Marine Forces Pacific (MARFORPAC) in Honolulu, Hawaii. He deployed for six months to Marine Central Command (MARCENT) in Bahrain for the opening operations of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). In May 2003, he reported as the deputy commander of Naval Expeditionary Logistics Support Group (NAVELSG). In 2004, he attended the Executive Training Program at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, and has also earned a Master’s Degree in Liberal Studies form Arizona State University in 2016.
He retired from the Navy as a captain in June of 2008, after 27 years of Naval Service.
Mr. Sakowski joined Federal Service in September 2008, as the chief of staff (COS) and senior civilian at the Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group, Williamsburg, Virginia. As chief of staff, he directs an echelon IV headquarters staff responsible for the organizing, training, equipping, and deployment of a force of over 2800 Navy “Cargo Handlers,” comprised of four Navy Expeditionary Logistics Regiments (NELR), and seven Navy Cargo Handling Battalions (NCHB).