A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Big Southern Butte is one of two domes rising from a sea of basalt near the center of the eastern Snake River Plain in Idaho. The butte is one of the largest volcanic domes in the world, but at 300,000 years old it is also one of the youngest. Hikers who trek to the 7,550-foot high summit are rewarded with spectacular panoramic views. Photo by Devin Englestead, BLM Upper Snake Wildlife Biologist.
First light at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Established in November 22, 1939, the refuge has provided a critical stopover and wintering spot for thousands of sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl for 75 years. Bosque del Apache's sandhill crane population has multiplied from 18 birds in the 1840s to more than 20,000 birds today. Photo by Kim Hang Dessoliers (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Mark L. Bathrick was appointed to the Senior Executive Service and became Director of the Office of Aviation Services (OAS) in the Department of the Interior (DOI) on November, 1, 2005. OAS is responsible for the safe, efficient, and economical operation of aircraft activities in support of all DOI Bureaus and, through individual agreements, to other federal entities.
Prior to joining the Department of the Interior, Mr. Bathrick completed a distinguished career with the United States Navy, retiring as a Captain. A decorated Naval Aviator and Test Pilot, Mr. Bathrick logged over 3,700 flight hours and more than 800 arrested landings aboard ten different aircraft carriers during numerous overseas deployments. A graduate of the prestigious Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) and the British Empire Test Pilots’ School (ETPS), he has flown over 40 different types of military and civilian fixed wing, rotary wing, and lighter-than-air aircraft, having qualified as pilot-in-command in 12 different models. Mr. Bathrick is a member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP) and holds an FAA commercial instrument, multi-engine pilot rating.
In Navy staff assignments ashore, Mr. Bathrick served in financial management and aviation acquisition positions with the Naval Air Systems Command, the Chief of Naval Operations and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, receiving subspecialty designations in financial management and test and evaluation. While serving in the Pentagon, he was responsible for programming the Navy’s $4.0B weapons budget.
Mr. Bathrick’s prior executive leadership experience includes command of a carrier-based F-14 TOMCAT squadron, Chief Test Pilot and commander of a Navy flight test squadron comprised of both manned aircraft and unmanned aerial systems (UAS), and commander of the Naval Air Engineering Station at Lakehurst, NJ, a major Department of Defense acquisition, test, and training installation with 3,500 employees. As commander of the 7,400 acre Lakehurst facility in the Pinelands National Reserve, Mr. Bathrick accomplished all mission objectives while deftly managing a range of sensitive natural and cultural resources, environmental, land management, endangered species, and political issues.
Through his visionary customer and business focused leadership, Mr. Bathrick and the many organizations he has stewarded have received numerous service level and national awards including the Commander-in-Chief Installation Excellence Award, Naval Air Warfare Center Equal Employment Opportunity Leadership Award, Secretary of the Navy Achievement in Safety Award, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendations, Chief of Naval Operations Environmental Award, White House Closing the Circle Environmental Award, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Leadership Award, and the Dale Carnegie Leadership Award (first-ever award to an executive in the public sector).
Since joining the Department of the Interior, Mr. Bathrick has led OAS to numerous national level and industry recognitions including: Federal Aviation Program Gold Standard certification (2007-2014), 2008 Federal Aviation Program of the Year (Small Category), and ISO 9001-2008 quality registration (2008-2014). In January, 2010, Mr. Bathrick was personally recognized with a Department of the Interior Honor Award for Meritorious Service for his development of innovative aviation policy solutions to critical bureau missions.
Mr. Bathrick holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the United States Naval Academy and an executive Master of Business Administration from Boise State University. He is a member of the Naval Academy Engineering Honor Society, the National Engineering Honor Society, Tau Beta Pi, and an Affiliate with the Boise State University Centre for Creativity and Innovation.