Mr. Mark Huebschman currently serves as a Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) Advisor in Bangkok, Thailand, assisting the Thai Maritime Enforcement Coordination Center (MECC) and its six partner agencies, the Royal Thai Navy, Royal Thai Marine Police, Marine Department, and the Departments of Fisheries, Customs, and Coastal and Marine Resources. Prior to entering the MoDA program, Mr. Mark Huebschman served in several different capacities at U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM) in Stuttgart, Germany. He was most recently the Director of Staff, Strategy, Engagement and Programs Directorate (J5). Previous duties included Division Chief, and later Deputy Program Manager, for the Counternarcotics and Transnational Threats Programs Division and as Chief of the Joint Operations Center. From June 2010 until his retirement in August 2012, Captain Huebschman served as USAFRICOM’s Senior U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) officer, and throughout his time at the command he has been extensively involved in maritime capacity building efforts with key African partners.
Mr. Huebschman’s USCG career began when he was commissioned as an Ensign in May 1985 upon graduation from the USCG Academy. His first assignment was as Deck Watch Officer and Law Enforcement Boarding Officer on USCGC ALERT (WMEC 630), based in Cape May, New Jersey (1985-1987). He served subsequent operational assignments as Deputy Commander, Group Grand Haven, Michigan (1995-1997), Deputy Commander, Group San Francisco, California (2001-2003), and Deputy Commander, Sector Seattle, Washington (2005-2007). His operational assignments culminated with Command of Coast Guard Sector Sault Saint Marie, Michigan (2007-2010) where he directed all USCG operations on the Northern Great Lakes and held the statutory titles of Captain of the Port, Federal Maritime Security Coordinator, Officer in Charge of Marine Inspection, Federal On-Scene Coordinator, and Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator. Other Coast Guard assignments included Assistant Facilities Engineer, Air Station Cape Cod, Massachusetts (1988-1991), Design Engineer and Planner, Civil Engineering Unit Oakland, California (1991-1995), Facilities Engineer, Aviation Training Center Mobile, Alabama (1997-2001), and Executive Assistant to the Coast Guard’s Pacific Area Commander (2003-2005).
Mr. Huebschman earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, a M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois, and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of South Alabama. He is registered Professional Civil Engineer in the State of California.