D. Mark Angersbach
United States Marine Corps
A native of Seattle, Washington, Lieutenant Colonel Mark Angersbach was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps through the Platoon Leaders Course in April 1995 after graduating from Stanford University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Upon completion of The Basic School in May, 1996, Second Lieutenant Angersbach reported to the Naval Air Training Command in Pensacola, Florida and was designated a naval aviator in May 1998. In June 1998, he reported to HMT 303, MAG 39 at MCAS Camp Pendleton, California for replacement aircrew training in the UH-1N.
In November, 1998, he reported to HMLA-267, MAG 36, aboard MCAS Futenma, Okinawa, Japan in support of the Unit Deployment Program (UDP) and served as a schedule writer and pilot training officer in the Operations Department. Captain Angersbach then did a subsequent deployment with the 11th MEU (SOC) aboard the USS Boxer as the UH-1N NATOPS officer. In April 2002, he graduated from the Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course at Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One, MCAS Yuma, Arizona and served as the UH WTI in the Tactics Department with the 15th MEU (SOC) aboard USS Tarawa. During this deployment, the MEU was sent to Iraq and participated in OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM I. At the completion of his combat tour, Captain Angersbach applied for and was selected to test pilot school and reported to NAS Patuxent River in the fall of 2003.
In June 2004, following graduation from USNTPS Class 125, Major Angersbach reported to Rotary Wing Test Squadron 21 where he was assigned as a project officer/test pilot for the H-1 Upgrades program. Various test programs in the UH-1Y/AH-1Z included weapons delivery accuracy, performance evaluation, handling qualities and systems integration. Added assignments at HX-21 included UH-1N platform coordinator and HH-65C program test pilot. During this tour at Patuxent River, Major Angersbach flew over 749 flight hours on 20 different T/M/S fixed and rotary wing aircraft. Additionally, he received his Masters of Science Degree in Technology Management from Johns Hopkins University during this first tour.
In August 2007, Major Angersbach reported back to MAG-39 and was assigned as the assistant officer-in-charge for the H-1 upgrades tactical training unit training new and conversion pilots in the UH-1Y. Additionally, Major Angersbach went TAD to VX-31 at NWC China Lake to conduct follow-on developmental test of the H-1 Upgrades aircraft with the H-1 Weapons System Support Activity. Immediately following, Major Angersbach participated in the H-1Upgrades Operational Evaluation Phase OT-IIC1 as an operational test pilot. While there, he authored the Operational Tactics Guide, the predecessor to the ANTTP for UH-1Y.
In August 2008, Major Angersbach was re-assigned to HMLA-267 and deployed with the 13th MEU aboard the USS Boxer for the first operational deployment of the UH-1Y as the senior UH-1Y pilot on the detachment. Contingency operations included anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden in support of Combined Task Force 151 and the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips.
In August 2009, Major Angersbach transferred to HMLA-369 and became the assistant aviation maintenance officer. From there, he fleeted up to the aviation maintenance officer (AMO) billet and deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. Following his tour as the AMO, he assumed the duties as executive officer for HMLA-369. In May 2011, he received orders to Headquarters Marine Corps, Aviation Hallway for assignment as the Flying Hour Program action officer and budget section head (APP-2) for the USMC Aviation budget. In August of 2014, he reported to Marine Air Group 39 to serve as the executive officer of the MAG and was then selected to assume command of MCAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. He has amassed over 3,900 mishap free hours in over 20 different type/model/series aircraft.
LtCol Angersbach’s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with Strike/Flight numeral 9, Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal with four Gold Stars and the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal.