CAPT Bobby Markovich graduated from Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI in 1990 with a Bachelor of Technology degree in Aviation. After completion of Officer Candidate School, he was commissioned in August 1995. He earned his wings of gold at NAS Meridian, MS in May 1997.
CAPT Markovich supported Operation SOUTHERN WATCH and Operation ENDURING FREEDOM on two separate cruises during his first operational tour with the WARHAWKS of VFA-97. He graduated from the Fighter Weapons School as a Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor in 2002 and served as the Standardization Officer at STRIKE, Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center, Fallon, NV. During his time at STRIKE they trained a record number of airwings in preparation for Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. CAPT Markovich also volunteered to spend five months at the Combined Air Operations Center, PSAB, Saudi Arabia where he worked nights on the Operations Floor.
CAPT Markovich went back to the fleet in 2005 as a Training Officer with the VIGILANTES of VFA- 151, where he deployed in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. In April 2006, he reported to the STINGERS of VFA-113, as a Department Head where he deployed two additional times to the Western Pacific. In May 2008, CAPT Markovich reported to COMNAVAIRPAC, NAS North Island, San Diego, CA as the F/A-18 Readiness Officer for the West Coast.
In the fall of 2010 CAPT Markovich reported to the RAMPAGERS of VFA-83 as Executive and Commander Officer where he deployed in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. In July 2013, he reported to COMNAVCENT, Bahrain as the Future Operations Director. In August 2014, he reported to the National Defense University, Eisenhower School for the AY 2014-2015, where he earned a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy.
While assigned to the Joint Staff, J5, he served as a political-military planner in Western Hemisphere, Homeland Division, Defense Support of Civil Authorities, the J5 lead to the Chairman's New Administration Transition Team, and the Executive Assistant to the Vice Director for Strategic Plans and Policy. He also earned his Executive Master in Business Administration from the Navy Postgraduate School. Captain Markovich assumed duties as Commodore for Strike Fighter Wing U.S. Pacific Fleet based at NAS Lemoore, CA on 7 May 2020.
During his career, CAPT Markovich has accumulated 7,300 flight hours (civilian and military) and 925 arrested landings. His military awards include various meritorious individual and unit awards, including two Meritorious Service Medals, six Strike Flight Air Medals, Joint Commendation Medal, six Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals with Combat V.