Ms. Kristina M. O’Brien was appointed to the Senior Executive Service on November 12, 2019 as Principal Deputy Director for Logistics, Joint Staff, The Pentagon, Washington D.C. In this role she supports the Director for Logistics, J4 in integrating logistics planning and execution in support of global operations to drive joint force readiness, maximize the Joint Force Commander's freedom of action and advise the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on logistics matters.
Prior to her SES appointment, Ms. O’Brien supported the U.S Department of Commerce, where she led a multi-organizational team to coordinate, integrate, test and deploy the Remote Alaska Operational Delivery supporting the 2020 Decennial Census System of System architecture.
Ms. O’Brien previously served in the United States Air Force as a Logistics Readiness Officer. Her joint experience includes serving as Chief of Logistics Operations at Headquarters United States Indo-Pacific Command; Chief of Logistics, Plans Programs and Operations at Headquarters United States Africa Command; and Chief of Knowledge Based Logistics, Joint Staff J4. She has also served in multiple command and deputy command roles at the group and squadron level, to include while deployed supporting operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.
Ms. O’Brien’s academic credentials include a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Illinois Institute of Technology, a Master of Science in Operations Management from the University of Arkansas, a Master of Science in Logistics Management from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and a Master of Arts in Strategic Studies from the Air War College. She is also a certified Program Management Professional.
Her military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and Defense Meritorious Service Medal.