NDTA DOD Distinguished Service Award.

Position:2012 NDTA AWARDS

Vice Admiral Mark a Harnirchek is an exceptional logistician who enables mission success for America's warfighters and readiness sustainers by ensuring they have what they need whenever they need it.


Prior to becoming Director of DLA in November 2011, Admiral Harnitchek held various senior positions at US Transportation Command, culminated by more than two years as Deputy Commander. His unparalleled leadership and remarkable expertise were invaluable in USTRANSCOM's success as the provider of worldwide strategic mobility capability via air, land, and sea for the DOD.

While assigned to USTRANSCOM, Admiral Harnitchek deployed as director of the US Central Command Deployment and Distribution Operations Center (CD-DOC), where he engineered significant logistics changes to support Operation Iraqi Freedom surge operations. Upon his return to USTRANSCOM, Admiral Harnitchek focused extensively on planning for the expected and ultimately highly successful massive drawdown of US forces and equipment from Iraq. He also guided numerous initiatives that improved on-time deliveries, reduced pilferage and increased intransit visibility of cargo during and after the surge of 30,000 additional troops in to Afghanistan. Admiral Harnitchek was instrumental in the establishment of the Northern Distribution Network--a system of ground transportation routes used to move materiel into Afghanistan via its northern border. He also significantly contributed to the Defense Department's efforts to deploy forces, logistical assets, and vital humanitarian aid to Haiti during Operation Unified Response. He employed USTRANSCOM's Joint Task Force Port-Opening to establish an effective air bridge that resulted in more than 160 flights a day into Port-au-Prince, and worked with commercial industry partners to rapidly support surface movements into Haiti.


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