JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. –
Cmdr. Mark Glover assumed command of the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic at a routine change of command ceremony at Joint Base Charleston - Weapons Station July 28. He relieved Capt. Bruce Urbon who will be reporting to Program Executive Office at Enterprise Information Systems in Washington, D.C.
Glover, who has been selected for promotion to captain, is originally from Walterboro, S.C., is the eighth commanding officer of the center. His previous assignment was as Program Executive Officer, Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence in San Diego as the Deputy Program Manager for the Communications Program Office. He was responsible for the design, acquisition and life-cycle support of Navy Satellite Communications and Global Positioning System programs.
Keynote speaker for the ceremony, Rear Adm. Patrick Brady, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command commanding officer said, "The work being done here at SSC Atlantic is a big reason why the Navy can continue to support so many different operations throughout the world. The common thread is information dominance. When we can collect, store, control and transmit the right information to the right people who need it at the right time, we have a tremendous advantage in every operation."
"Today, the United States Navy, which I hold in the highest reverence and respect, has bestowed upon me a great honor: commanding officer of one of our Navy's premier information technology organizations," Glover told the audience. "We will continue to strengthen our alignment with the Navy's Information Dominance vision and leverage our technology to get inside of the enemy's decision cycle. We will further enhance our unity of effort with our SPAWAR teammates and eliminate seams and redundancies. We will continue to use Continuous Process Improvement to reduce waste, making every dollar count for the taxpayer."
Urbon was lauded for bringing SSC Atlantic through momentous changes in the last three years, including the consolidation of east coast systems centers into SSC Atlantic, transition to a Competency Aligned Organization, and instituting new business management and personnel management systems.
"For all the great men and women of SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic," Urbon said, "I applaud you for your great accomplishments. You have answered the call to provide for the defense and security of our great nation. I am humbled and honored at having had the opportunity to serve as your commanding officer."
Glover enlisted in the Navy in 1982. In 1983, after completing Anti-Submarine Warfare training in San Diego, he reported to USS Antrim (FFG 20) in Mayport, Fla., where he was a lead sonar technician for the ship's anti-submarine warfare systems. During that tour, he made two Arabian Gulf deployments and also carried out operations in Central America.
In 1985, he was selected to the Broadened Opportunity for Officer Selection and Training program and earned a Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps scholarship. Upon commissioning in 1990, he became a Surface Warfare Officer and served aboard USS Halsey (CG 23) in San Diego as the Electronic Warfare and Boilers Officer. During this assignment he made two deployments to the Western Pacific and Arabian Gulf during Operation Desert Shield.
From 1994 through 1996, he served as a propulsion plant examiner on Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet's Propulsion Examining Board. In 1998, he was assigned to the Defense Department's first Joint Task Force for Computer Network Defense, where he served as network analyst and watch officer.
In 2000, he was selected as a Navy Engineering Duty Officer. Upon completion of postgraduate school, he was assigned to SSC Pacific in San Diego and led several software development efforts for future naval and joint C4I systems. From 2004 to 2006, he served as an Assignments Officer at Navy Personnel Command, in Millington, Tenn.
In 2006, he was selected as Principal Assistant Program Manager for GPS Navigation in PMW/A 170, PEO C4I. He was responsible for the design, acquisition and life-cycle support of the Navy's GPS position, navigation and timing user equipment programs.
From May to October 2008, he was assigned to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Baghdad, Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. During this assignment he was a program manager for the reconstruction of Iraqi military bases, police stations, courthouses and prisons throughout Iraq. In May 2009, he was selected as the PMW/A 170 Deputy Program Manager.
Glover attended Norwich University and graduated in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering. In 1998, he earned a Master of Science degree in information technology management and in 2001, a Master of Science degree in computer science, both from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. He is a Department of Defense Acquisition Corps member and holds Level III Qualifications in Program Management and Systems Engineering.