Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Product Support

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Product Support, Mr. Gary MotsekMr. Gary J. Motsek

Mr. Gary J. Motsek serves as the principal advisor to senior leaders within the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) on matters pertaining to product support, contingency program management, policy, support to Geographic Combatant Commands (excluding TRANSCOM), and efforts to promote military effectiveness, interagency cooperation, efficiency, economy, and standardization. He is responsible for developing and maintaining a comprehensive policy framework and program support governing logistical and support operations, contractor planning, management and execution during combat, humanitarian, and disaster relief operations. He is also responsible for developing and publishing federal regulations regarding the use of Private Security Contractors (PSCs) in overseas operations. Mr. Motsek has performed these critical responsibilities since 2006.

He has over 40 years of experience in the Department of Defense, serving in civilian and military assignments. He served a dual role as Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Logistics and Materiel Readiness (L&MR) from April to July 2016 where his logistics portfolio included program support, maintenance, materiel readiness, supply chain integration, and transportation policy. Prior to his current role, he served as the Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Program Support (2006-2011), Deputy G-3 for Support Operations and Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Ammunition, U.S. Army Materiel Command (2001-2006); Commander, Pine Bluff Arsenal (1997-1999); and international Military Staff Officer, NATO Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium (1988-1991).

Throughout his career, Mr. Motsek has successfully led large organizations with complex missions and fiscal challenges during periods of substantial change. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army in 1974 and retired as a Colonel in 2001. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from Syracuse University and a Master of Science degree in Management from Troy State University. He is a ROTC distinguished military graduate of Syracuse University, graduate of the Army War College, Armed Forces Staff College and the Army Command and General Staff College.

His personal awards include the Department of State Distinguished Honors Award (2012), Department of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service (2011), National Security Professional Executive, Presidential Rank Award (2008), Meritorious Civilian Service Medal, Legion of Merit (2); Defense Meritorious Service Medal (3); Meritorious Service Medal (5); Joint Services Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal; Army Superior Unit Award, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (3), Senior Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badge, JCSID Badge, Ehrenkreuz (Cross of Honor) from the Federal Republic of Germany.


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