CAPT Mack was born and raised in Pensacola, FL, the “Cradle of Naval Aviation”. He received a Professor of Naval Science Scholarship to attend Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematical Sciences and was commissioned an Ensign in May 1993. While awaiting flight training he served as a student control officer at Naval Aviation Schools Command, NAS Pensacola, until earning his “Wings of Gold” in March 1996.
In July of 1996, CAPT Mack reported to the “Shadows” of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron FOUR (VQ-4) at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma, where he served as the Reel Branch Officer, Top Secret Control Officer, Security Officer and Line Division Officer. While assigned, he qualified as a Navigator Instructor, Airborne Communications Officer and TACAMO Mission Commander Evaluator in the E-6A/B “Mercury” aircraft.
In February 2000, CAPT Mack transferred to the “Pioneers” of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron ONE (VX-1) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, where he served as the Operational Test Director (OTD) for acquisition programs to the E-6B. While assigned, he completed the highly successful operation evaluation (OPEVAL) of the Modified Miniature Receive Terminal and also served as the Communications Officer and Information Systems Technician Division Officer while maintaining flight qualifications in the E-6B, S-3 and P-3C aircraft.
After completing his OTD tour, he reported aboard USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) in February 2003, where he served as the carrier’s Air INSURV Officer, Fuels Division Officer and Aircraft Launch and Recovery Officer (Shooter). During this time frame he participated in multiple exercises and two cruises, one while temporarily assigned to USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71), to support Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and VIGILANT RESOLVE.
In November 2004, CAPT Mack reported back to Tinker AFB, Oklahoma, this time to the “Ironmen” of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron THREE (VQ-3), where he served as the Professional Development Officer, Communications Officer, NATOPS Officer and Operations Officer.
In November 2007, he reported to the Naval War College and earned a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies in November 2008. While at the Naval War College, CAPT Mack was selected as a Halsey Charlie Graduate, now the Gravely Group, completing additional studies in Integrated Air Missile Defense.
In November 2008, CAPT Mack reported to Commander United States Pacific Command (USPACOM) in the J5 Strategy and Policy Directorate, where he was assigned as the Force Posture and Host Nation Notification Officer. In this capacity, he was responsible for coordinating the force laydown of more than 300,000 service men and women and their equipment in the Pacific Area of Responsibility.
CAPT Mack reported to the “Blackjacks” of Tactical Air Control Squadron TWO ONE (VTC-21) as Executive Officer in June 2011 and assumed command in August 2012. During his tenure, his squadron received two Retention Excellence Awards and completed two successful deployments to the Arabian Gulf, providing air operations command and control in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM.
From November 2013 to December 2016, CAPT Mack served as the Director for the Executive Integration and Synchronization Division (DNS-2) under the Director, Navy Staff in the Pentagon. In this capacity, he was responsible for coordination, planning, and execution of CNO executive forums, conferences, and symposia and tracking all resultant tasking. CAPT Mack has accumulated more than 2900 flight hours.
His personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3 awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2 awards) and various other personal and unit awards.
Captain Mack assumed command of U.S. Naval Air Facility Atsugi on August 3, 2017.