CAPT MARK E. NIETO

UNITED STATES NAVY

Captain Nieto was born in Canton, Ohio.  In 1989, he enlisted and attended recruit training in San Diego, California, followed by the Broadened Opportunity for Officer Selection and Training (BOOST) program at NTC San Diego. 

In 1994 Nieto graduated from Jacksonville University, Florida with a degree in Political Science.  He completed Navy Supply Corps School in Athens, Georgia, and after a tour as a Supply Officer transitioned communities subsequently completing Aviation Maintenance Officer School in Pensacola, Florida.  Nieto has a Masters Degree in Management and a sub-specialty in Material Logistics from the Navy Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. 

Nieto’s operational assignments include Cargo Officer onboard USS SACRAMENTO (AOE-1); Assistant Maintenance Officer (AMO) and detachment Maintenance Material Control Officer (MMCO) for Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron SEVEN completing deployments on USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71) and USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65); Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD) MMCO and AMO onboard USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN-76); and AIMD Officer onboard USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65). 

His shore and staff tours include Power Plants Officer, Production Control Officer, and Assistant Officer-in-Charge during a tour at Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Detachment, Fighter Wing Atlantic; Enterprise AIRSpeed Program Office Implementation Team Lead Naval Air Systems Command; Carrier Strike Group Readiness Officer on the staff of Commander, Naval Air Forces Atlantic; and N8 Military Director responsible for future planning of depot maintenance capability with an emphasis on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter for Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers.  He reported to FRC East as the Executive Officer in February 2017.

Nieto assumed command of Fleet Readiness Center East 31 May 2019.  His previous command tour was as the Commanding Officer Fleet Readiness Center Western Pacific, headquartered at NAF Atsugi, Japan with various sites throughout the Pacific theater.

He has warfare qualifications as a Professional Aviation Maintenance Officer and Surface Warfare Supply Corps Officer.  He is a member of the Defense Acquisition Professional Community and Level III certified in Production, Quality and Manufacturing as well as Life Cycle Logistics.  His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards), and various sea service and campaign awards.

COL THOMAS A. ATKINSON

UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS

Colonel Atkinson is a native of Port Townsend, Washington and a graduate of University of Washington.

He was commissioned in June 1996 and was assigned as an aircraft maintenance officer following The Basic School.  In 2009, he was selected for lateral assignment as an acquisition officer.

Aircraft maintenance assignments include:  Division Officer, Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron-26; Maintenance Material Control Officer, Marine Light/Attack Helicopter Squadron-167 and Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron-264(Reinforced); and Assistant Maintenance Officer, Marine Helicopter Squadron-ONE.

Acquisition assignments include:  Blue Force Tracking Systems Project Officer and Command Liaison to Marine Forces Central Command-Kuwait, Marine Corps Systems Command; Assistant Program Manager for Logistics and Mission Systems Integrated Product Team Leader for the Presidential Replacement Helicopter, Naval Air Systems Command; Commanding Officer of Fleet Readiness Center Western Pacific, Fleet Readiness Centers; and Program Manager, Family of Special Operations Vehicles, US Special Operations Command.

Military Education:  Amphibious Warfare School (distance learning), Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Air War College (distance learning) and the Eisenhower School.  Master’s degrees in Systems Acquisition Management, Military Studies, Engineering Systems and National Resource Strategy. 

Acquisition Certification:  Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act Level III in Program Management and Production, Quality and Manufacturing and; certified Project Management Professional through the Project Management Institute.

1STSGT NATHANIEL J. EIRICH

UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS

Private Eirich graduated from Company “A”, First Recruit Training Battalion on April 11, 2003 at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, SC with follow on orders to Marine Combat Training at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, NC, and graduated May 13, 2003.

Private Eirich proceeded to military occupational specialty school at Logistics Operations School aboard Camp Johnson, NC for completion of the Automotive Maintenance Technician Basic Course. Private First Class Eirich then received orders and reported to 2d Maintenance Battalion, Camp Lejeune, NC, on September 24, 2003.

While assigned to 2d Maintenance Battalion, Private First Class Eirich earned the rank of Lance Corporal and served as an Intermediate Automotive Technician.  In 2004, Lance Corporal Eirich deployed in support of 1st Marine Headquarters Group to Camp Fallujah, Iraq from September 2004 to February 2005.  While deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Lance Corporal Eirich was promoted to Corporal. Upon return from Iraq, Corporal Eirich returned to 2d Maintenance Battalion where he attained the rank of Sergeant and again deployed to Al Taqaddum, Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve from March 2007 to September 2007.  Sergeant Eirich served as the Platoon Sergeant and Quality Control Chief.  In April 2008, Sergeant Eirich received orders to Inspector Instructor Unit, 4th Landing Support Battalion (LSB), Stone Bay, NC.

While at 4th LSB, Sergeant Eirich served as the Maintenance Chief, Colors Sergeant, and Electronic Key Management System Manager.  In February 2010, Sergeant Eirich was promoted to Staff Sergeant and deployed to Morocco, Africa in support of African Lion 2010. In August 2011, Staff Sergeant Eirich was assigned orders to Combat Logistics Battalion (CLB) 2 for duty as the Maintenance Chief.

While with CLB-2 Staff Sergeant Eirich deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel from July 2012 to January 2013.  Staff Sergeant Eirich also served as the Maintenance Management Chief/Officer while with CLB-2 and then received orders on April 30, 2014 for duty as a formal school instructor at Logistics Operations School aboard Camp Johnson.  In October 2015, he was promoted to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant and assigned the position of Team Leader for Annex 3.

On December 2, 2016, Gunnery Sergeant Eirich was assigned orders to 3d Marine Raider Battalion.  His responsibilities included assignment as the Headquarters Company First Sergeant and Staff Non-Commissioned Officer-in-Charge.  On April 16, 2019 he was promoted to the rank of First Sergeant and assigned orders to his current assignment as Senior Enlisted Advisor at Fleet Readiness Center East, Cherry Point, NC. 

Mark D. Meno

Executive Director, Fleet Readiness Center East

Mr. Mark D. Meno serves as the Executive Director at Fleet Readiness Center East aboard Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina.  As the senior civilian for a command workforce comprised of more than 4,000 civilian, military and contractor personnel, he leads a team of senior leaders responsible for a wide array of Navy and Marine Corps aviation sustainment responsibilities. 

Meno earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Tech in 1994. Upon graduation, he was employed at Fleet Readiness Center East, where he served as a materials engineer responsible for organic coating removal, corrosion control, and aircraft and hot section engine cleaning technologies deployed in the production environment.  He then moved into management, first by serving as the analytical chemistry and composites supervisor.  In 2005, he moved into department leadership, first as the Engineering Sciences Department Head followed by the Air Vehicle Department Head. 

In 2015, he was selected as the Head of the Research and Engineering Group.  At the same time, he also served as the acting Senior Civilian until a permanent selection was made in 2016.  In 2019, he followed that assignment, through a reorganization, as the Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) Engineering Department Head.  He was selected for his current position as Executive Director in November 2020.

Operating with an annual revenue of nearly $1 billion and a production output of more than 80 aircraft, 18,000 components and 80 engines annually, FRC East serves as DOD’s Vertical Lift Center of Excellence by providing sustainment, maintenance, and fleet operational support all assigned Navy and Marine Corps aircraft, equipment, and support systems.

 

CAPT MARK E. NIETO

UNITED STATES NAVY

Captain Nieto was born in Canton, Ohio.  In 1989, he enlisted and attended recruit training in San Diego, California, followed by the Broadened Opportunity for Officer Selection and Training (BOOST) program at NTC San Diego. 

In 1994 Nieto graduated from Jacksonville University, Florida with a degree in Political Science.  He completed Navy Supply Corps School in Athens, Georgia, and after a tour as a Supply Officer transitioned communities subsequently completing Aviation Maintenance Officer School in Pensacola, Florida.  Nieto has a Masters Degree in Management and a sub-specialty in Material Logistics from the Navy Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. 

Nieto’s operational assignments include Cargo Officer onboard USS SACRAMENTO (AOE-1); Assistant Maintenance Officer (AMO) and detachment Maintenance Material Control Officer (MMCO) for Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron SEVEN completing deployments on USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71) and USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65); Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD) MMCO and AMO onboard USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN-76); and AIMD Officer onboard USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65). 

His shore and staff tours include Power Plants Officer, Production Control Officer, and Assistant Officer-in-Charge during a tour at Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Detachment, Fighter Wing Atlantic; Enterprise AIRSpeed Program Office Implementation Team Lead Naval Air Systems Command; Carrier Strike Group Readiness Officer on the staff of Commander, Naval Air Forces Atlantic; and N8 Military Director responsible for future planning of depot maintenance capability with an emphasis on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter for Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers.  He reported to FRC East as the Executive Officer in February 2017.

Nieto assumed command of Fleet Readiness Center East 31 May 2019.  His previous command tour was as the Commanding Officer Fleet Readiness Center Western Pacific, headquartered at NAF Atsugi, Japan with various sites throughout the Pacific theater.

He has warfare qualifications as a Professional Aviation Maintenance Officer and Surface Warfare Supply Corps Officer.  He is a member of the Defense Acquisition Professional Community and Level III certified in Production, Quality and Manufacturing as well as Life Cycle Logistics.  His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards), and various sea service and campaign awards.

COL THOMAS A. ATKINSON

UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS

Colonel Atkinson is a native of Port Townsend, Washington and a graduate of University of Washington.

He was commissioned in June 1996 and was assigned as an aircraft maintenance officer following The Basic School.  In 2009, he was selected for lateral assignment as an acquisition officer.

Aircraft maintenance assignments include:  Division Officer, Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron-26; Maintenance Material Control Officer, Marine Light/Attack Helicopter Squadron-167 and Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron-264(Reinforced); and Assistant Maintenance Officer, Marine Helicopter Squadron-ONE.

Acquisition assignments include:  Blue Force Tracking Systems Project Officer and Command Liaison to Marine Forces Central Command-Kuwait, Marine Corps Systems Command; Assistant Program Manager for Logistics and Mission Systems Integrated Product Team Leader for the Presidential Replacement Helicopter, Naval Air Systems Command; Commanding Officer of Fleet Readiness Center Western Pacific, Fleet Readiness Centers; and Program Manager, Family of Special Operations Vehicles, US Special Operations Command.

Military Education:  Amphibious Warfare School (distance learning), Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Air War College (distance learning) and the Eisenhower School.  Master’s degrees in Systems Acquisition Management, Military Studies, Engineering Systems and National Resource Strategy. 

Acquisition Certification:  Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act Level III in Program Management and Production, Quality and Manufacturing and; certified Project Management Professional through the Project Management Institute.

1STSGT NATHANIEL J. EIRICH

UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS

Private Eirich graduated from Company “A”, First Recruit Training Battalion on April 11, 2003 at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, SC with follow on orders to Marine Combat Training at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, NC, and graduated May 13, 2003.

Private Eirich proceeded to military occupational specialty school at Logistics Operations School aboard Camp Johnson, NC for completion of the Automotive Maintenance Technician Basic Course. Private First Class Eirich then received orders and reported to 2d Maintenance Battalion, Camp Lejeune, NC, on September 24, 2003.

While assigned to 2d Maintenance Battalion, Private First Class Eirich earned the rank of Lance Corporal and served as an Intermediate Automotive Technician.  In 2004, Lance Corporal Eirich deployed in support of 1st Marine Headquarters Group to Camp Fallujah, Iraq from September 2004 to February 2005.  While deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Lance Corporal Eirich was promoted to Corporal. Upon return from Iraq, Corporal Eirich returned to 2d Maintenance Battalion where he attained the rank of Sergeant and again deployed to Al Taqaddum, Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve from March 2007 to September 2007.  Sergeant Eirich served as the Platoon Sergeant and Quality Control Chief.  In April 2008, Sergeant Eirich received orders to Inspector Instructor Unit, 4th Landing Support Battalion (LSB), Stone Bay, NC.

While at 4th LSB, Sergeant Eirich served as the Maintenance Chief, Colors Sergeant, and Electronic Key Management System Manager.  In February 2010, Sergeant Eirich was promoted to Staff Sergeant and deployed to Morocco, Africa in support of African Lion 2010. In August 2011, Staff Sergeant Eirich was assigned orders to Combat Logistics Battalion (CLB) 2 for duty as the Maintenance Chief.

While with CLB-2 Staff Sergeant Eirich deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel from July 2012 to January 2013.  Staff Sergeant Eirich also served as the Maintenance Management Chief/Officer while with CLB-2 and then received orders on April 30, 2014 for duty as a formal school instructor at Logistics Operations School aboard Camp Johnson.  In October 2015, he was promoted to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant and assigned the position of Team Leader for Annex 3.

On December 2, 2016, Gunnery Sergeant Eirich was assigned orders to 3d Marine Raider Battalion.  His responsibilities included assignment as the Headquarters Company First Sergeant and Staff Non-Commissioned Officer-in-Charge.  On April 16, 2019 he was promoted to the rank of First Sergeant and assigned orders to his current assignment as Senior Enlisted Advisor at Fleet Readiness Center East, Cherry Point, NC. 

Mark D. Meno

Executive Director, Fleet Readiness Center East

Mr. Mark D. Meno serves as the Executive Director at Fleet Readiness Center East aboard Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina.  As the senior civilian for a command workforce comprised of more than 4,000 civilian, military and contractor personnel, he leads a team of senior leaders responsible for a wide array of Navy and Marine Corps aviation sustainment responsibilities. 

Meno earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Tech in 1994. Upon graduation, he was employed at Fleet Readiness Center East, where he served as a materials engineer responsible for organic coating removal, corrosion control, and aircraft and hot section engine cleaning technologies deployed in the production environment.  He then moved into management, first by serving as the analytical chemistry and composites supervisor.  In 2005, he moved into department leadership, first as the Engineering Sciences Department Head followed by the Air Vehicle Department Head. 

In 2015, he was selected as the Head of the Research and Engineering Group.  At the same time, he also served as the acting Senior Civilian until a permanent selection was made in 2016.  In 2019, he followed that assignment, through a reorganization, as the Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) Engineering Department Head.  He was selected for his current position as Executive Director in November 2020.

Operating with an annual revenue of nearly $1 billion and a production output of more than 80 aircraft, 18,000 components and 80 engines annually, FRC East serves as DOD’s Vertical Lift Center of Excellence by providing sustainment, maintenance, and fleet operational support all assigned Navy and Marine Corps aircraft, equipment, and support systems.