Commander 244th Combat Communications Squadron
1 May 2003 to 30 Apr 2004
Brigadier General Mark A. Crosby is the Assistant Adjutant General-Air and the Commander of the Joint Domestic Operations Command for the Oregon National Guard (ORNG). He is responsible for planning, organizing, training, exercising, deploying, and leading ORNG forces when activated in response to state natural disasters and emergencies. Joint Task Force and Dual Status Commander-certified, he provides direction to all elements of the ORNG for developing and executing plans, policies, and programs in the preparation for anticipated domestic operations, emergencies, and military support to civilian authorities.
General Crosby earned his commission in 1986 as a graduate of U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado. After serving for seven years on active duty in the Strategic Air Command and Air Training Command, he joined the California Air National Guard as a drill status guardsman in April 1993 serving as the State Emergency Plans Officer. In 1998, he transferred to the Oregon Air National Guard and was appointed the Deputy Commander when the state stood up its Civil Support Team. In his career, General Crosby has held a number of air and joint staff, communications, and command assignments. He was instrumental directing 244th Combat Communications Squadron through its transformation into the 125th Special Tactics Squadron. In April 2004, the General was appointed as the Commander of the 272d Combat Communications Squadron and was challenged with merging the state's two combat communications squadrons. In September 2010, he was appointed the Director of Oregon's State Partnership Program (SPP) with Bangladesh and was instrumental in adding Vietnam as a partner in 2012. In this role, General Crosby built a model SPP in his 24 trips to the two partner nations. Prior to assuming his current position, the General served as the Commander of ORANG's Combat Operations Group and then the Director of Strategic Plans and Policies/Force Structure. In March 2016, he assumed his current responsibilities.
General Crosby also has had a distinguished 23-year civilian career in airport and seaport management, most currently as the Director of Public Safety & Security at a major international airport. He was the Chairman of the Security Committee for the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) from 2008-2013, testified before Congress in 2012 and was co-founder of the Western Airports Disaster Operations Group. In June 2016, General Crosby joined a major design, engineering and consulting firm as a Principal Consultant.
1986 Bachelor of Science in Business Management, United States Air Force Academy, USAF Academy, Colorado
1991 Master of Business Administration in Business Administration, Golden Gate University-San Francisco, San Francisco, California
1996 Squadron Officer School (SOS), by correspondence
2003 Air Command and Staff College (ACSC), by correspondence
2007 Air War College (AirWC), by correspondence
2016 Joint Task Force Commander Training Course, Peterson AFB, Colorado
1. January 1987 - August 1988, Executive Officer, 411st Bombardment Squadron, Mather AFB, Calif.
2. September 1988 - December 1989, Command Post Controller, 320th Bombardment Wing, March AFB, Calif.
3. January 1990 - March 1993, Assistant Inspector General, Chief-Exercise Evaluation Team, 323rd Flying Training Wing, Mather AFB, Calif.
4. April 1993 - May 1998, State Emergency Plans Officer, Headquarters, California Air National Guard, Sacramento, Calif.
5. June 1998 - September 2001, Deputy Commander 102nd Civil Support Team / State Emergency Plans Officer, Joint Force Headquarters, Oregon Air National Guard, Salem, Ore.
6. September 2001 - March 2002, Detachment Commander, 116th Air Control Squadron, Camp Rilea, Ore.
7. April 2002 - May 2003, Flight Leader, 244th Combat Communications Squadron, Portland Air National Guard Base (PANGB), Portland, Ore.
8. May 2003 - April 2004, Commander, 244th Combat Communications Squadron, PANGB, Portland, Ore.
9. April 2004 - April 2008, Commander, 272nd Combat Communications Squadron, PANGB, Portland, Ore.
10. May 2008 - August 2010, Director of Communications (J6), Joint Force Headquarters, Oregon Air National Guard, Salem, Ore.
11. September 2010 - September 2015, Director, State Partnership Program, Joint Force Headquarters, Oregon Air National Guard, Salem, Ore.; Dual Hatted May 2014 - September 2015, Commander Combat Operations Group, Joint Force Headquarters, Oregon Air National Guard, Salem, Ore.
12. October 2015 - February 2016, Director of Strategic Plans and Policies/Force Structure, Resources and Assessment (A5/8), Joint Force Headquarters, Oregon Air National Guard, Salem, Ore., dual hatted; Director, State Partnership Program, Joint Force Headquarters, Oregon Air National Guard, Salem, Ore.
13. March 2016 - Present, Assistant Adjutant General - Air, and Commander, Joint Domestic Operations, Joint Force Headquarters, Oregon Air National Guard, Salem, Ore.
Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with silver and bronze oak leaf cluster
Combat Readiness Medal
National Defense Service medal with bronze star
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Air Force Longevity Service Award with silver and bronze oak leaf cluster
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with silver hour glass device
Air Force Training Ribbon
1990 Readiness Officer of the Year, Air Training Command
1992 Readiness Officer of the Year, Air Training Command
2010 Partnership Award, Transportation Security Administration
2012 Aviation Excellence Award, Northwest Chapter - American Association of Airport Executives
Second Lieutenant, May 28, 1986
First Lieutenant, May 28, 1988
Captain, May 28, 1990
Major, October 1, 1998
Lieutenant Colonel, November 1, 2004
Colonel, August 3, 2011
Brigadier General, March 8, 2016
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