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Commander Mark Vizcarra received his commission through Aviation Officer Candidate school in 1984 and was designated a Naval Aviator in 1986. He began his Naval Aviation career flying the venerable A-4 in Fleet Composite Squadron Ten in Guantanamo Bay Cuba. After finishing up his first tour, he transitioned to the F-14A Tomcat at NAS Miramar and was assigned to VF-114 , the Fighting Aardvarsks. While embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln’s first deployment, he flew Combat Air Patrol missions over a burning Kuwait during Desert Storm. In 1996, Commander Vizcarra completed transition training to the F/A-18 and was dual qualified flying sorties in both the F-14 Tomcat and F/A-18 Hornet, often on the same day. In 1994, he was awarded the Outstanding Achievement for Tactical Aviation from the Association of Naval Aviation (ANA) for accomplishments achieved as a skilled fighter pilot and Naval Officer. Commander Vizcarra has flown over 2500 hours in Navy fighters, landed aboard nine different aircraft carriers and is a graduate of TOPGUN.
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