Maj. Gen. Mark A. Atkinson is the Director of Logistics, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia. He is responsible for policy, budget, and strategy supporting maintenance, munitions, supply chain, transportation, industrial facilities, training, manufacturing and repair activities. He provides direction to more than 42,000 personnel at 30 locations worldwide supporting more than 2,000 aircraft and 4,000 vehicles. He leads a direct staff of 513 people in eight divisions and develops and executes an annual budget of $5.5 billion.
General Atkinson entered the Air Force in 1982 as a graduate of Ohio University’s ROTC program. He has commanded two squadrons, a maintenance group and an air logistics center maintenance wing. He has held staff assignments in Strategic Air Command, Air Education and Training Command, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Air Force Materiel Command, Air Force Personnel Center, Air Combat Command, and the Pentagon.
Prior to his current assignment, he was the Director of Logistics, Installations, and Mission Support, Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein Air Base Germany.
1981 Bachelor of Science, Education, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
1984 Squadron Officers School, Maxwell AFB, Alab.
1988 Master of Science, Aeronautical Science, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
1994 Air Command and Staff College
1999 Master of Science, Strategic Studies, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
2006 National Security Studies, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, New York
2007 Senior Leadership Development Course, Center for Creative Leadership, San Diego, Calif.
2009 Executive Program, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
2011 Executives in Logistics and Technology, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
2012 Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate, Villanova University
2014 Master of Business Administration, Salem International University
1. February 1982 – July 1982, Student, Chanute AFB, Ill.
2. July 1982 – June 1985, Assistant Officer in Charge, Tanker Branch; later, FMS Maintenance Supervisor, later, Officer in Charge, Job Control, 384th Air Refueling Wing, McConnell AFB, Kan.
3. June 1985 – June 1989, Staff Officer, Headquarters Strategic Air Command, Offutt AFB, Neb.
4. June 1989 – June 1992, Maintenance Supervisor, 7th Bomb Wing, Carswell AFB, Texas
5. June 1992 – June 1995, Chief, Logistics Officers Assignments, Randolph AFB, Texas
6. June 1995 – July 1998, Commander, 16th Equipment Maintenance Squadron; later, Commander, 16th AGS, 16th Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
7. July 1998 – June 1999, Student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
8. June 1999 – July 2002, Staff Officer, Maintenance Management Division; later, Executive Officer, Director of Maintenance; later, Division Chief, Maintenance Management Division, Deputy Chief of Staff for Installations and Logistics, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
9. July 2002 – June 2004, Commander, 27th Maintenance Group, Cannon AFB, N.M.
10. June 2004 – August 2005, Vice Commander, 82nd Training Wing, Sheppard AFB, Texas
11. August 2005 – June 2006, Deputy Director of Logistics, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio
12. June 2006 – June 2007, Deputy Director for Technical Training, later, Director of Logistics, Installations and Mission Support, Air Education and Training Command, Randolph AFB, Texas
13. June 2007 – June 2009, Commander, 402nd Maintenance Wing, Robins AFB, Ga.
14. June 2009 – October 2010, Director of Logistics, Installations and Mission Support U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein AB Germany
15. October 2010 – present, Director of Logistics, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, Va.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit with three oak leaf clusters
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant Feb. 14, 1982
First Lieutenant Oct. 13, 1983
Captain Oct.13, 1985
Major Feb. 1, 1994
Lieutenant Colonel Jan. 1, 1997
Colonel June 1, 2002
Brigadier General Dec. 10, 2007
Major General Sept. 2, 2011
(Current as of August 2014)