Koch, Mark, LCDR

Line Officer
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Current Service Status
USN Veteran
Current/Last Rank
Lieutenant Commander
Current/Last Primary NEC
132X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Naval Flight Officer
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
2002-2013, Air National Guard (ANG)
Previously Held NEC
AG-0000-Aerographer's Mate
Service Years
1977 - 2002
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cold War
Operation Enduring Freedom
Order of the Arctic Circle (Bluenose)
Order of the Shellback
Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback Order of the Arctic Circle (Bluenose)

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)Marines' Memorial Association & Foundation
  2008, Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2010, Marines' Memorial Association & Foundation - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
I retired from a 20-year career in Family & Children's Services in November 2011.
I served as an Air National Guard Tech Sergeant with a Fresno Air National Guard Base fighter unit and a Beale Air Force Base Intel unit (2002-2013).  The rank?  It's a lo-o-o-ong story.  Basically, I got totally out for nine and a half years, came back into the reserves at age 45, got passed over for O-5, and joined the local Air National Guard at my highest previously held enlisted rank (E-5) in 2002.
I totalled 25 qualifying years for retirement, and retired at age 60.  I deployed to Bagram Airfield in northern Afghanistan for a couple of months in 2009.  That was fun, especially at age 55!  And, while 59, I deployed for six months to "an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia."  Retired for pay 90 days prior to 60th birthday--  on July 4th, 2013.  Fully retired on October 4th, 2013.
Moved to Chico in November 2009.  Northern California-- Go Giants!
Other Comments:
I lived in Fresno to take care of my parents during their last days.  My dad, a Navy pilot from '42-'65, passed away in December of 2000.  My mom passed away in early September of 2008.
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 Ribbon Bar
Naval Flight Officer Wings

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1977, Recruit Training (San Diego, CA)
  1979, Aviation Officer Candidate School (AOCS) (Pensacola, FL), 07-79
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyVP-31 The Genies/Black LightningsVP-4 Skinny Dragons(USN)Pacific Missile Test Center (PMTC)
Commander Navy Reserve Forces Command (COMNAVRESFORCOM)VP-69 Fighting TotemsOffice of Naval Research (ONR)<B>Air National Guard (ANG)</b>
  1978-1979, AG-0000, Fleet Weather Center (FLWEACEN) Pearl Harbor, HI
  1980-1980, VP-31 The Genies/Black Lightnings
  1980-1984, 132X, VP-4 Skinny Dragons(USN)
  1984-1986, Pacific Missile Test Center (PMTC)
  1988-1990, VP-69 Fighting Totems
  1999-2001, Office of Naval Research (ONR)
  2002-2013, Air National Guard (ANG)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2009-2009 OEF - Afghanistan/Consolidation II (2006-09)
  2013-2013 OEF - Afghanistan/Transition I (2011-14)
 Colleges Attended 
University of California, Santa BarbaraUniversity of Washington
  1973-1976, University of California, Santa Barbara
  1987-1989, Evergreen State College1
  1989-1991, University of Washington
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