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Kathern L. Gaskins:

Military Branch:United States Airforce
Kathern L. Gaskins, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is director of systems acquisition, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif. As director, she is the functional manager for program management, engineering, acquisition logistics and security. She is responsible for formulating, evaluating and implementing policy, processes, procedures, training and resources to develop, produce and deploy advanced space and missile systems.
Ms. Gaskins began her career at the Sacramento Air Logistics Center at McClellan Air Force Base, Calif., in 1968. She has worked in packaging design, labor relations, depot industrial operations and weapon system management. She has served as the deputy for resource management with the Directorate of Maintenance; deputy system program director for the A-10 and A-7 aircraft weapon systems; and as associate director of aircraft management. She also held the dual-hatted position at the center of deputy to the Detachment 25 commander, and deputy for space with the Space and Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence Systems Directorate.
Prior to assuming her current position, Ms. Gaskins worked as the SM-ALC comptroller and financial management director. She provided financial and strategic policy, guidance and procedures to commanders, product directorates and other key organizations.
EDUCATION
1968 Outstanding scholar, bachelor of arts degree in liberal arts, University of the Pacific, Stockton, Calif.
1971 Master of arts degree in English, California State University, Sacramento
1983 Air War College, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
1990 Senior Officials in National Security Program, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
1992 Defense Systems Management College, Fort Belvoir, Va.
CAREER CHRONOLOGY
1. October 1968 - September 1970, preservation and packaging specialist, F-111, Directorate of Distribution, Sacramento Air Logistics Center, McClellan Air Force Base, Calif.
2. September 1970 - June 1972, employee development specialist, Directorate of Personnel, SM-ALC, McClellan Air Force Base, Calif.
3. June 1972 - August 1973, employee relations specialist, Directorate of Personnel, SM-ALC, McClellan Air Force Base, Calif.
4. August 1973 - August 1976, labor relations specialist, Directorate of Personnel, SM-ALC, McClellan Air Force Base, Calif.
5. August 1976 - March 1977, personnel management specialist, Directorate of Personnel, SM-ALC, McClellan Air Force Base, Calif.
6. March 1977 - October 1980, chief of program control, Directorate of Personnel, SM-ALC, McClellan Air Force Base, Calif.
7. October 1980 - June 1981, chief, Employee Development and Training Branch, Directorate of Personnel, SM-ALC, McClellan Air Force Base, Calif.
8. June 1981 - January 1983, deputy chief, Industrial Systems Engineering Division, Directorate of Maintenance, SM-ALC, McClellan Air Force Base, Calif.
9. January 1983 - March 1984, chief, Scheduling and Inventory Control Branch, Communications Electronics Meteorological Division, Directorate of Maintenance, SM-ALC, McClellan Air Force Base, Calif.
10. March 1984 - January 1985, chief of acquisition management and posture planning, Resource Management Division, Directorate of Maintenance, SM-ALC, McClellan Air Force Base, Calif.
11. January 1985 - January 1986, chief of acquisition, Workloading and Field Services Branch, Resource Management Division, Directorate of Maintenance, SM-ALC, McClellan Air Force Base, Calif.
12. January 1986 - April 1986, deputy chief, Resources Management Division, Directorate of Maintenance, SM-ALC, McClellan Air Force Base, Calif.
13. April 1986 - April 1987, chief, Flight Instruments and Pneudraulics Component Division, Directorate of Maintenance, SM-ALC, McClellan Air Force Base, Calif.
14. April 1987 - July 1988, deputy chief, Resources Management Division, Directorate of Maintenance, SM-ALC, McClellan Air Force Base, Calif.
15. July 1988 - October 1990, A-7 and A-10 deputy system program manager, Miscellaneous Aircraft and ILP Systems Program Management Division, Directorate of Materiel Management, SM-ALC, McClellan Air Force Base, Calif.
16. October 1990 - February 1993, associate director, Aircraft Directorate, SM-ALC, McClellan Air Force Base, Calif.
17. February 1993 - October 1994, deputy to the commander, Detachment 25, and deputy for space, Space and Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence Systems Directorate, SM-ALC, McClellan Air Force Base, Calif.
18. October 1994 - December 1994, chief, Space Support Division, Space and Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence Systems Directorate, SM-ALC, McClellan Air Force Base, Calif.
19. January 1995 - February 1996, deputy comptroller, later, acting comptroller, SM-ALC, McClellan Air Force Base, Calif.
20. March 1996 - December 2000, comptroller and director of financial management, SM-ALC, McClellan Air Force Base, Calif.
21. January 2001 - present, director of systems acquisition, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif.
AWARDS AND HONORS
1992 Distinguished Alumnae in Public Service, University of the Pacific
1987 Nominee, Distinguished Businesswoman of the Year
1986 Nominee, General Thomas P. Gerrity Memorial Award for Logistic Management
1981 Air Force Logistics Center Personnel Mid-Manager Award
Nominee, 1980 William A. Jump Award
1997 - 2000, Senior Executive Service performance awards
2000 Meritorious Civilian Service Award
2001 Presidential Meritorious Executive Rank Award
OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS
Honorary Alumnae Fellow, University of the Pacific
Vice chairman of the board of directors and chairman, Asset/Liability Management Committee, SAFE Federal Credit Union
Command representative, congressionally chartered Department of Defense
Industry Acquisition Streamlining Study Group, Defense Systems Management College

 

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