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Mr. Gerald B. O'Keefe - Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army

Mr. Gerald B. O'Keefe

Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army


On July 28, 2013, Mr. Gerald B. O'Keefe took office as the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army. In this position he is the principal advisor to the Secretary for all administrative matters; executes an annual budget of more than $10 billion, including overseas contingency operations funding, in support of critical Army programs; and leads a workforce of over 2,300 civilian, military, and contractor personnel who provide a broad spectrum of executive services, operations support, and business activities to customers in the Army and Department of Defense communities. These services include Army-wide publishing and printing, facilities management, air and ground transportation, security and safety, records management, heraldry, audiovisual services, and Pentagon information technology. Mr. O'Keefe also executes the Civilian Aides to the Secretary of the Army program and is liaison for the Civilian Marksmanship Program.

Prior to this assignment, Mr.O'Keefe was dual-hatted as the Deputy Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army and the Executive Director, U.S. Army Resources and Programs Agency. As the Deputy Administrative Assistant, Mr. O'Keefe was the principal advisor to the Administrative Assistant. As the Executive Director, Resources and Programs Agency, he oversaw the budgeting and execution of more than $10 billion annually in support of Headquarters, Department of the Army organizations and Army-wide centrally managed accounts. He also provided human resources, equal employment advisory services, and special programs support for Headquarters organizations and activities.

Mr. O'Keefe was selected to the Senior Executive Service in May 2009. He served as the Deputy G-3/5 for Strategy and Concepts (G-5), Headquarters, U.S. Army Materiel Command. As the Deputy, he was responsible for strategic planning; concept development and analysis; force design and integration; and life-cycle management and technology support and integration for nearly 60,000 military, government civilian, and contractor personnel in support of command's mission to provide sustainment support of warfighters and military materiel worldwide.

CAREER CHRONOLOGY:

  • Aug 2010 - Jul 2013: Deputy Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army and Executive Director, U.S. Army Resources and Programs Agency, Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army, Fort Belvoir, VA
  • May 2009 – Aug 2010: Deputy G-3/5 for Strategy and Concepts (G-5), U.S. Army Materiel Command, Fort Belvoir, VA
  • Aug 2008 – May 2009: Strategic Advisor for Plans and Resources, U.S. Army Materiel Command, Fort Belvoir, VA
  • Jul 2004 – Jun 2008: Deputy Commander, U.S. Army Force Management Support Agency, Fort Belvoir, VA
  • Jul 2002 – Jul 2004: Chief, Force Management and Integration Division, Army Staff, Pentagon, Washington, DC
  • Apr 1998 – Jul 2001: Executive Officer to the Director, Force Management; QDR Branch Chief; Engineer Organizational Integrator; Army Staff, Pentagon, Washington, DC
  • Jul 1997 – Mar 1998: Branch Chief, NATO and Army Exercises, Headquarters, U.S. Army Europe, Heidelberg, Germany
  • Jun 1996 – Jun 1997: Battalion S-2/3, Base Support Battalion, Mannheim, Germany
  • Mar 1995 – May 1996: Plans Officer, Headquarters, U.S. Army Europe, Heidelberg, Germany
  • Aug 1994 – Feb 1995: Ground Operations Officer, Joint Task Force Provide Promise, Naples, Italy
  • Jul 1993 – Jun 1994: S-4, Engineer Brigade, 1st Armored Division, Bad Kreuznach, Germany
  • Jan 1989 – Jun 1992: Admissions Officer, U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY
  • Jul 1984 – Nov 1986: Battalion Assistant S-3; Company Commander; 3d Engineer Battalion, 24th Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, GA
  • Nov 1981 – Jun 1984: Platoon Leader; Company Executive Officer; Battalion Adjutant, 17th Engineer Battalion, 2d Armored Division, Fort Hood, TX

COLLEGE:

  • Masters of Science, National Resource Strategy, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, 2002
  • Masters of Engineering, Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, Pennsylvania State University, 1989
  • Bachelor of Science, U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY, 1981

SIGNIFICANT TRAINING:

  • Army Force Management School, Fort Belvoir, VA, 1998
  • Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KS, 1993
  • Engineer Officer Advanced Course (Honor Graduate), Fort Belvoir, VA; 1987
  • Atomic Demolitions/Munitions Course, Fort Belvoir, VA; 1981
  • Engineer Officer Basic Course (Honor Graduate), Fort Belvoir, VA; 1981
  • Airborne School, Fort Benning, GA; 1979

CERTIFICATIONS:

  • Professional Engineer, Commonwealth of Virginia – 1987 - Present

AWARDS AND HONORS:

  • Meritorious Civilian Service Award
  • Legion of Merit (with oak leaf cluster)
  • Meritorious Service Medal (with six oak leaf clusters)
  • Defense Meritorious Service Medal
  • Army Commendation Medal
  • Army Achievement Medal (with oak leaf cluster)
  • NATO Medal
  • Humanitarian Service Medal
  • General Brehon B. Somervell Medal of Excellence for Multifunctional Logisticians
  • Bronze Order of the de Fleury Medal