Capt. Mary Feinberg will assumed command of Naval Support Activity South Potomac (NSASP) during a formal ceremony July 17.
Feinberg graduated from Louisiana State University with a B.S. in Management in 1988. In January 1989, she enlisted in the Navy as an Air Traffic Controller Airman and reported to Boot Camp in Orlando, Florida. Upon completion of recruit training and AC “A” School, Feinberg reported to Naval Air Station Whiting Field for air traffic control assignment in August 1989. In August 1990, she reported to Aviation Officer Candidate School and was commissioned an Ensign in January 1991 and designated a Naval Flight Officer in February 1992.
Upon receipt of her NFO wings, Feinberg reported to the “Ice Pirates” of Antarctic Development Squadron 6 in March 1992 and completed one deployment to Antarctica in support of the National Science Foundation’s mission. In August 1993, she reported to the “Pro’s Nest” of Patrol Squadron (VP) 30 for initial Fleet Replacement Squadron training in the P-3C Orion. In March 1994, Feinberg reported to the “White Lightenings” of VP-17, NAS Barbers Point for the squadron’s final Western Pacific deployment to Diego Garcia. In January 1995, VP-17 disestablished and she reported to the “Skinny Dragons” of VP-4, NAS Barbers for completion of her first sea tour. Feinberg completed a split site deployment to Misawa - Kadena Japan in support of Commander, 7th Fleet operations. During her tours with VP-17 and VP-4, Captain Feinberg served as the Legal Officer, Avionics / Armament Division Officer and Assistance Maintenance Officer. In March 1997, Feinberg reported to Navy Personnel Command as the Special Assistant to the Director of Enlisted Assignments and was responsible for Humanitarian Reassignments, Hardship Discharges and various other programs. In October 1999, she was selected to be the Flag Aide to Commander, Navy Personnel Command.
In March 2000, Feinberg transferred to Commander, 3rd Fleet as the P-3 / Air Undersea Warfare Officer on the Operations staff. During her time at 3rd Fleet she was integral to the successful completion of the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2000 and laid the ground work for RIMPAC 2002.
In September 2002, Feinberg returned to Marine Corps Base, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii for her Department Head tour with the VP-9. During this tour, she made her second spilt site deployment to Misawa - Kadena Japan in support of Commander, 7th Fleet operations. Feinberg served as the Tactics, Administrative, Training and Operations Officer.
In June 2004, Feinberg reported to the Director, Air Warfare (N88) on the staff of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Warfare Requirements and Programs). She served as the Requirements Officer for Chief of Naval Air Training and Test Pilot School programs.
In November 2006, Feinberg reported to Naval War College and was awarded a Master of Science degree in National Security and Strategic Studies in November 2007.
In June 2008, Feinberg reported to “Warbucks” of VT-4 and assumed the duties of Commanding Officer, VT-4 in September 2009. Under her tenure as Commanding Officer, the “Warbucks” successfully trained more than 400 Naval and Marine Corp Flight Officers, Air Force Navigators and Allied Weapon Systems Operators in three type/model/series aircraft.
In December 2010, Feinberg reported to the J-8 Directorate for Force Structure, Resources, and Assessments on the Joint Staff and assumed the duties of Action Officer, Requirements Coordination Division. In January 2012, Feinberg assumed the duties of Executive Assistant, Vice Director, J8 position and in May 2012, she became the J8 Chief of Staff where she served until April 2014.
Feinberg’s personal awards includwe the Defense Superior Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2 awards) and the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal.