Admiral Mark Fitzgerald, USN (Ret.)
President, Aragosto Global LLC
Retired Admiral Mark Fitzgerald brings significant experience in both military operations and business ventures, and is highly regarded as a visionary strategic thinker in the world of Naval Aviation and Joint Operations. During his distinguished career, Admiral Fitzgerald commanded Allied Joint Force Command Naples where he had operational responsibility for NATO missions in the Balkans, Iraq and the Mediterranean, and also served as the Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe/Africa, responsible for providing overall command and operational control of U.S. Naval Forces in the European and African Command.
As a naval aviator, Admiral Fitzgerald flew the A-7E Corsair II during numerous sea tours and commanded VA-46 (1990-1991) aboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) leading the first Navy strike on Baghdad during the opening hour of Operation Desert Storm. He assumed command of Carrier Air Wing 14 (1994-95) while deployed to the Persian Gulf aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) supporting Operation Southern Watch.
Admiral Fitzgerald’s awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Navy Distinguished Service Medal (3 awards), Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (4 awards), Distinguished Flying Cross with Combat V (2 awards), Bronze Star (2 Awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), Air Medals, and numerous individual, Campaign and Unit awards as well as numerous foreign awards. He has logged over 4,800 flight hours and has over 1,100 carrier arrested landings from the decks of 13 aircraft carriers.