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Press Release | June 20, 2013

Howell Honored with Leadership Award

(Washington DC) Captain Mark O. Howell, U.S. Navy, received the prestigious “Major General Harold Mashburn, Jr. Award for Excellence in Leadership” during a ceremony held at the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, a college within the National Defense University that prepares selected military officers and civilians for strategic leadership success throughout the Department of Defense, U.S. government agencies, international military services, and private industry.

Howell is a graduate of the Eisenhower School who served as the President of the Class of 2013. Throughout the academic year, all Eisenhower School students study strategic leadership and ethics as part of a rigorous curriculum leading to a Master of Science Degree in National Resource Strategy. From this group of approximately 310 leaders, one emerges – a person who exemplifies the leadership qualities of the 35th Commandant of the College, Major General Mashburn, a U.S. Marine Corps officer, who led the college from June 2000 through June 2003. Howell is the 8th recipient of this award and the third Naval officer to receive this recognition. The Mashburn Leadership Award was established in 2006 by the Alumni Association of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, the predecessor of the Eisenhower School.

Captain Howell is a native of El Paso and a 1985 graduate of Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Finance. He recently earned a Master’s Degree in National Resource Strategy from the Eisenhower School, National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C. Before attending the Eisenhower School, he completed a tour as the Science and Technology (S&T) Branch Head for OPNAV N8F Warfare Integration Division and OPNAV 84 Innovation and Technology Requirements Division where he coordinated Department of Navy S&T strategy and investments. Before his Pentagon tour, Captain Howell served as Commanding Officer of the Navy Air Logistics Office in New Orleans, and prior to that he commanded the Fleet Logistics Support Squadron SIX TWO in Brunswick, Maine. Captain Howell’s other tours include Officer-In-Charge for Fleet Logistics Support Squadron FIVE ONE (VR-51), Fleet Logistics Support Squadron FIVE SIX (VR-56), NAS Key West, Florida, and Helicopter Combat Support Squadron TWO (HC-2). Captain Howell attended Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell AFB, Alabama in 2000. During his career, he has been awarded the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, various other service medals and awards, and has accumulated over 4,500 flight hours. He is married to Marcie Land of Mayo, Florida.

About the College – The Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy is one of five colleges within National Defense University. The Eisenhower School prepares selected military officers and civilians for senior leadership positions. Upon successful completion of the college’s requirements, students earn a Master of Science Degree in National Resource Strategy. The Eisenhower School’s academic program consists of two major components--core curriculum and electives/research, offering a number of concentration programs. The core curriculum covers National Strategy and Resources Management for National Security. Courses are completed on campus. For more information about the Eisenhower School, please contact: Eileen Daniels at 202-685-4338 or; for additional information about the college, visit:

About the University – The National Defense University is the nation’s premier national security institution
focused on advanced joint warfighter education, leader development, and scholarship. The University
provides rigorous Joint Professional Military Education to members of the U.S. Armed Forces and select
others in order to develop leaders who have the ability to operate and creatively think in an unpredictable and
complex world. For more information about the National Defense University, please contact: Daniel
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