By Mario Icari, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest Public Affairs
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (NNS) -- Capt. Marko Medved, Officer in Charge of Construction Marine Corps Installations West (OICC MCIWEST) commanding officer retired July 10 at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, Calif. after 25 years of honorable naval service.
Medved served as OICC MCIWEST commanding officer from August 2012 to July 2014.
Medved, a native of St. Paul, Minn., graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. with a bachelor's degree of science in ocean engineering and commissioned an Ensign in May 1989. In Aug. 2000, Medved earned a master's degree of science in construction engineering and management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He holds qualifications in Seabee Combat Warfare and Surface Warfare, is a member of the Acquisition Professional Community, and is a registered professional engineer in Virginia. Medved's awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy Achievement Medal (three awards), and the Combat Action Ribbon.
During his career, Medved served in a variety of assignments including legislative fellow for Senator Thad Cochran of Miss., public works officer at Naval District Washington in Indian Head, Md., assist operations officer (AOPS) for NAVFAC Southwest Coastal Integrated Product Team (IPT), assistant regional engineer for Navy Region Southwest, and public works officer for Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, supporting Marine and Army division commanders during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
"We thank you a lot for your dedication to country of what you done for the service for the Marine Corps and the Navy," said Brig. Gen. John W. Bullard Jr. MCIWEST and Marine Corp Base Camp Pendleton commanding general during the ceremony. "You're going to be missed but you're also going to be remembered and we are also truly thankful from the support and the camaraderie that we've had with the Navy side of the house with NAVFAC and their engineering departments as we continue to move on to the future and the sundown of some of these projects."
The retirement ceremony was held in conjunction with the disestablishment of OICC MCIWEST.
Retired Capt. Dan King, the first commanding officer of NAVFAC Southwest, and Bullard were guest speakers during the disestablishment and retirement ceremonies.
OICC MCIWEST was established Aug. 15, 2008 to manage construction projects supporting the growing force of Marines in the Global War on Terrorism.