Rear Adm. Marcus Hitchcock is a native of Salt Lake City. He is a 1985 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering and was subsequently designated a naval aviator in 1987. He is also a graduate of the Naval War College and Armed Forces Staff College.
Shore assignments include instructor pilot at Attack Squadron (VA) 128, aide/administrative assistant to the deputy chief of naval operations (N8) on the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations staff and as a member of the deployable training team at U.S. Joint Forces Command. As a flag officer, he served as director, Fleet/Joint Training (N7) at U.S. Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk, Virginia.
Currently serving as commander, Carrier Strike Group 3, Hitchcock previously commanded USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), USS Peleliu (LHA 5) and "The Swordsmen" of Fighter Squadron (VF) 32. Other operational tours include VA-155 as a division officer, VF-32 as a department head and USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) as executive officer. As a naval aviator, he embarked on the USS Ranger (CV 62), Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and participated in Operations Desert Storm, Deliberate Guard and Southern Watch, and Operation Iraqi Freedom respectively. As ships company, he participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom on four occasions.
Among Hitchcock's personal awards are the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star and Air Medal. He is most proud to have served with Battle "E" and "Golden Anchor" award winning teams in VF-32, LHA-5 and CVN-69; Chief of Naval Operations Safety "S" award recipients from VF-32 and CVN-69; and the Battenberg Cup and "Jig Dog" Ramage award winning team in CVN-69.