August 7, 2017: Mark H. Buzby was confirmed as the Administrator of the U.S. Maritime Administration by the U.S. Senate on Thursday, August 3, 2017. Buzby, 60, of Virginia, was nominated in June, 2017. Buzby, a retired U.S. Navy Rear Adm., was recently named the president and chief executive officer of the National Defense Transportation Association, a group of transportation, logistics and passenger travel professionals in industry and government. He is also a member of the boards of several maritime corporations. Buzby, during his Navy career, was the Commander of the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC) from 2009 to 2013, when he retired from his thirty-four-year military career. Before MSC, he briefly commanded Joint Task Force Guantanamo, and he held several high-level positions on the Navy staff. As a surface warfare officer, he was deployed on the USS Connole, the USS Aries, the USS Yorktown, the USS Shiloh and the USS Carney. He was the Sea Combat Commander for Destroyer Squadron 31, Abraham Lincoln Battle Group, during deployments in support of Operations Southern Watch and Enduring Freedom. He has received the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the Bronze Star and numerous other personal and unit awards. The Maritime Administration is a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation.