Eagle Battalion Booster, ROTC Alumni Chairman, graduated from Col. Zadok Magruder in June of 1992.
Originally from Wheaton, Mark grew up in Olney having moved there with his family in second grade. While in JROTC, he served as a Platoon, and Company Armorer, on the Drill Team for 4 Yrs., with one year as the Asst. Team Leader, and simultaneously on the Color Guard for two and a half Yrs. Most of his “JROTC career” Mark served as an NCO.
“My favorite position in ROTC was as an E-7 Platoon Sergeant, NCOs have always been the core of the military, they are where leadership happens… Down in the dirt and grime, with the Joes!”
His senior year, LTC Whiteside promoted Mark to 2nd LT, and assigned him as a Platoon Leader. Mark reluctantly accepted the officer’s position, but his heart was serving as an NCO.
Mark has served with the Sandy Spring Volunteer Fire Dept. since 1989. He’s held many titles there, including Crew Leader, Honor Guard Commander, Quartermaster, Lieutenant, Captain, and Deputy Fire Chief. Mark currently serves as the Special Operations Officer, overseeing the departments Water Rescue, Brush/ Wildland Fire, and ATV Off Road Rescue Programs.
“In all the positions I’ve held in the fire service and my career, I’ve applied what I learned as a cadet in ROTC. The program taught me Humility, Sense of Community, Dedication, Persistence, and of course Leadership!”
Since 2004, Mark has worked with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. He currently serves as the Seized Property Custodian for the Washington Field Division. He resides in Damascus with his family.
The Alumni Committee has the responsibility to foster a spirit of loyalty and to promote the general welfare of the JRTOC program and the Booster Club. The goal of the Alumni Committee is to support the JROTC goals and vision and to strengthen the ties between the Alumni, the JROTC program, the community and the Booster Club. The Alumni Committee will leverage the resources, talents, and initiatives of alumni and friends to advise, guide, advocate for and support the JROTC program to ensure the continued success and strength of the program.