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Harnitchek Assumes DLA Director Post

Navy Vice Adm. Mark D. Harnitchek

Navy Vice Adm. Mark D. Harnitchek assumed responsibility of Defense Logistics Agency from outgoing director Vice Adm. Alan Thompson, at a Friday ceremony according to a DLA release.

Previously, Harnitchek served as deputy commander at the U.S. Transportation Command at Scott Air Force Base, Ill. Thompson, who took the position of director in 2008, will be retiring after more than 35 years of military service.

Some of his previous assignments include serving vice director for logistics at the Joint Staff; director of strategy, policy, programs and logistics at USTRANSCOM, and director of U. S. Central Command’s Deployment and Distribution Operations Center in operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.

Harnitchek received a bachelor’s degree from Penn State University in 1977, and was commissioned through the Navy ROTC Program. In 1987, he received a master’s degree in management from the Naval postgraduate school in Monterey, Calif.

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