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Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby has resigned from his post as U.S. Maritime Administrator following last week’s insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
“I no longer believe that I am able to serve as a member of the administration while remaining true to the values which have been the core of my service to the people of our nation,” Buzby said in a statement provided by the Maritime Administration.
Reports indicate his resignation was effective as of January 11, 2021.
The Maritime Administration’s website was updated January 12 to reflect Douglas Burnett, MARAD’s Chief Counsel, as Acting Maritime Administrator.
Buzby’s resignation coincides with the resignation of Elaine Chao from her role as Secretary of the Department of Transportation, the parent agency of MARAD. Chao announced her resignation last week in the wake of the Capitol attack.
Rear Adm. Buzby was sworn in as the Administrator of the Maritime Administration on August 16, 2017. Buzby is a 1979 graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and spent his career as a Naval Officer with 34 years of service. Before retiring from the Navy in 2013, Buzby served as the Commander of the Military Sealift Command (MSC) from October 2009 to March 2013. Prior to his appointment, Admiral Buzby served as president of the National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA), a global association of transportation and logistics professionals.
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