Christopher D. Gardner, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is director of the Joint Staff and assistant to the chief of the National Guard Bureau, Arlington, Va.
Gardner was born in Washington, D.C., and entered the Air Force in 1971. He served tours in the continental United States and Southeast Asia prior to his discharge in 1974, when he joined the District of Columbia Air National Guard. He was the senior production controller there until transferring to the U.S. Army Materiel Command in 1979. Gardner held many positions in the supply and maintenance career field, including assignments with the executive office of the president and the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Development.
As the chief of Mobilization and Reserve Component Support in 1986, Gardner directed mobilization planning for the Army Materiel Command. In 1989, he was named chief of command operations and, at the end of Desert Shield and Desert Storm, became chief of the Logistics Support Activity Transition Team. Later, he served as the deputy commander, where he handled the day-to-day operation of the USAMC's Logistic Support Activity at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala. Gardner was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in July 2000. He retired from the Air National Guard in 1995 after 24 years of service.
1984 Bachelor of science degree in business administration, Park University, Parkville, Mo.
2000 Master of arts degree in public administration, Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y.
1992 Logistics and Acquisition Management Program, Department of the Army, Washington, D.C.
1997 National Security Management Course, Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y.
1. 1974 - 1979, flight mechanic controller, crew chief and senior production controller, District of Columbia Air National Guard, Washington, D.C.
2. 1979 - 1983, logistic management specialist, U.S. Army Materiel Command, Alexandria, Va.
3. 1983 - 1985 - assignments with the executive office of the president and Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Development, Washington, D.C.
4. 1986 - 1989, chief, Mobilization and Reserve Component Support, U.S. Army Materiel Command Logistic Support Activity, Alexandria, Va.
5. 1989 - 1991, chief of command operations, U.S. Army Materiel Command, Washington, D.C.
6. 1991 - 1993, deputy commander, U.S. Army Materiel Command Logistic Support Activity, Alexandria, Va.
7. 1993 - 2000, deputy commander, U.S. Army Materiel Command Logistic Support Activity, Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, Ala.
8. July 2000 - present, director of the Joint Staff and assistant to the chief of the National Guard Bureau, Arlington, Va.
AWARDS AND HONORS
Meritorious Civilian Service Award (2)
Superior Civilian Service Award (3)
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
Society of Logistics Engineers