Command Master Chief Loran "Mark" Bather enlisted in the Navy's Delayed Entry Program in July 1986. He completed basic training at Recruit Training Command in San Diego, Calif. in October 1986 followed by Disbursing Clerk (DK) "A" School in Meridian, Miss. in December 1986.
Bather attended the Senior Enlisted Academy in 2002 (Class 102 Brown). He was selected as Master Chief Petty Officer in 2003. He immediately applied for and was selected into the Command Master Chief (CMC) program. He attended CMC/COB Course (016) 2005; the National Defense University, Senior Enlisted Keystone Leadership Course, February 2010; Department of Defense Joint Inspector General Course, Alexandria, Va., November 2012; Leadership Team Awareness Seminar, Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institution, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., January 2013; and the Navy Senior Leader Seminar, Naval Post Graduate School, Monterey, Calif., February 2014.
Bather's present assignment is as Fleet Master Chief, Commander, U.S. Third Fleet; his previous tours include the Office of the Naval Inspector General, Washington D.C.; aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75); Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic; and aboard USS Mitscher (DDG 57). On Truman, he completed a highly successful deployment and a 14-month Docking Planned Incremental Availability. Truman also earned the Commander, Naval Air Forces Battle “E” Award. On Mitscher, he completed two highly successful deployments, effective Basic Phase, two Unit Level Training Assessments-Sustainment, and Neptune Warrior 2006 Q3. Mitscher also earned two consecutive Commander, Naval Surface Forces Atlantic’s Battle “E” Awards, the 2006 Retention Excellence Award, and a highly successful Inspection and Survey. At Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic, he was a key player in the transformation of nine activities merging into a single command to include staffing, enlisted manning, mission integration, and functional alignment. He advocated for the quality of life and services for Sailors and their families while serving at the Office of the Naval Inspector General.
Other sea duty assignments were with USS Enterprise (CVN 65); Fighter Squadron Two (VF-2), deployed on the USS Constellation (CV 64); and USS McKee (AS 41). He completed a total of seven deployments to the Arabian Gulf, Western Pacific, Mediterranean Sea, and South America. Other shore assignments were Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (System Center), New Orleans, La.; Navy Recruiting Station, Oxon Hill, Md. (Naval Recruiting District Philadelphia) and Personnel Support Activity, San Diego, Calif., Detachment Balboa.
Bather's personal decorations include two Meritorious Service Medals, four Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, four Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, eight Good Conduct Medals and various service and campaign awards.