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Master-at-Arms Mark Aaron Mayo | United States Navy Security Forces, U.S. Government United States Navy Security Forces, U.S. Government

Master-at-Arms

Mark Aaron Mayo

United States Navy Security Forces, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Monday, March 24, 2014

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 24

Tour: 6 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Virginia

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Mark Mayo was shot and killed aboard the USS Mahan by a civilian who had boarded the ship while it was docked at Naval Station Norfolk's Pier 1.

The subject was confronted by the Petty Officer of the Watch on the ship's quarterdeck. During the ensuing struggle the subject was able to disarm the officer and then fatally shot MA2 Mayo, who had responded to assist the officer in subduing the subject. The man was then shot and killed by other responding security forces officers.

The man had used credentials to improperly enter the base while driving a tractor trailer, and then breached security at the pier in order to board the destroyer.

MA2 Mayo had served as a member of the U.S. Navy Security Forces for six years. He is survived by his mother.

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Honoring MA2 Mark Mayo's Sacrifice

For heroism while serving at Naval Station Norfolk Security Detachment, Norfolk, Virginia on 24 March 2014. While performing his duties as Chief of the Guard, Petty Officer Mayo was alerted to a suspicious individual walking towards USS MAHAN (DDG 72) on Pier 1, Naval Station Norfolk. Petty Officer Mayo pursued the individual up the brow of the ship while both he and the Quarterdeck watch-standers directed the individual to stop and provide identification. Failing to comply, the individual approached the Quarterdeck, attacked and disarmed the Petty Officer of the Watch. After boarding the ship, Petty Officer Mayo realized that the Petty Officer of the Watch no longer had control of her weapon. With complete and total disregard for his own personal safety, Petty Officer Mayo immediately placed himself between the Petty Officer of the Watch and the assailant. While fearlessly engaging the assailant and shielding the Petty Officer of the Watch, Petty Officer Mayo was fatally wounded. His exceptionally brave actions saved the lives of four watch-standers and ensured the safety of the entire crew of USS MAHAN (DDG 72). By his courageous and prompt actions in the face of great personal risk, Petty Officer Mayo prevented the loss of lives, thereby reflecting great credit upon himself and upholding the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

MA2 (SW) Nikolai Kush
Naval Security Forces/ 628 SFS JB Charleston
June 9, 2016

 

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