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Mr. Patrick N. Kelleher

Executive Director, Operations and Sustainment, DLA Logistics Operations

Mr. Kelleher is the Executive Director, Operations and Sustainment (J31), where he is responsible for oversight, management, and control of Agency combat logistics support. On behalf of the Director of Operations (J3), Mr. Kelleher serves as the principal liaison and advisor to the Joint Chiefs of Staff J-4, Combatant Commanders, the Services, and federal agencies regarding all aspects of logistics planning and support for routine and contingency operations. He provides program management and oversight of the DLA Agency Synchronization Operations Center (ASOC), Military Service Support Division, Whole of Government Support Division, Integrated Program Support Division, and the DLA-USTRANSCOM Division.

Prior to arriving at DLA, Mr. Kelleher served in several positions on the Federal COVID-19 Response Team (formerly known as Operation Warp Speed), finishing his tour there as the Deputy Chief Operating Officer. In this position, he provided executive oversight to the supply, production, distribution, and administration of COVID-19 vaccine and therapeutics, as well as the distribution of high-quality masks and test kits for the United States. He established guiding principles and the strategic approach for domestic vaccine utilization and led the logistics coordination for donations of vaccine to international recipients in close coordination with the White House COVID-19 Task Force.

Mr. Kelleher previously served as the Deputy Director (GS-15), Logistics Division, Installations and Logistics (I&L) Department, Headquarters United States Marine Corps (HQMC) where he was the principal advisor to the Deputy Commandant and Assistant Deputy Commandant. He provided executive leadership and oversight to the Marine Corps logistics enterprise to meet operational requirements supporting the Commandant’s Planning Guidance and the National Defense Strategy. In this position, he led the development of policy covering the spectrum of logistics capabilities, including publication of the first Marine Corps Orders on Additive Manufacturing and Conditions Based Maintenance.

During his 24 years as an active-duty United States Marine, he served in a variety of command, staff and joint positions. He completed eight deployments, including three combat deployments to Iraq. In two of his deployments to Iraq, he was a battalion commander in Fallujah. Other highlights include his selection as a Commandant of the Marine Corps Fellow, where he spent a year at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and deployed to Uzbekistan as the first Marine to deploy on a USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART). His other deployments included Operations Desert Shield/Storm, Provide Relief in Somalia, Desert Thunder in Kuwait and a humanitarian/civic assistance deployment to Guatemala.

His awards and decorations include a Presidential Letter of Recognition, Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service, Department of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Bronze Star Medal (with two gold stars), the Combat Action Ribbon (with gold star), and numerous other campaign and service awards.

Mr. Kelleher holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from the University of Notre Dame, a Master of Arts in International Relations from Salve Regina University, and a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies (with Distinction) from the U.S. Naval War College.