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Jose Mayorga

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Homeland Defense Strategy and Force Planning
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Jose Mayorga

Mr. Mayorga is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense & Americas’ Security Affairs (Strategy, Force Planning and Mission Assurance). His portfolio encompasses a wide range of responsibilities to include strategy and outreach activities related to information sharing, cyber threat protection, and Department of Defense/Council of Governors initiatives; policy oversight of plans for domestic counterterrorism and counternarcotics activities related to homeland defense and support of civil authorities; and mission assurance policy and activities related to critical infrastructure, defense industrial base and energy grid protection, force protection, and vulnerability assessment. Mr. Mayorga was appointed as DASD on 25 April 2011.

PAST EXPERIENCE: Major General Mayorga served as the Adjutant General of the State of Texas and was responsible to the President of the United States for providing ready trained forces on federal missions worldwide and responsible to the Texas Governor for providing ready trained forces in support of state emergencies and operations. MG Mayorga served in this capacity from April 2009 to March 2011 and was responsible for approximately 25,000 Army, Air, and State Guard service members and State employees. During his tenure as Adjutant General he deployed approximately 5,000 Army and Air Guard service members to Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and New Dawn, forged a new State Partnership with the Republic of Chile and continued the enduring State Partnership Program relationship with the Czech Republic, conducted the largest humanitarian assistance joint/combined/interagency exercises in the nation in providing over 55,000 medical services to 13,000 uninsured Texas residents along the US/Mexico border in 2009 and 2010, manned and supported six Joint Intelligence Operations Centers in support of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, executed the President’s Southwest Border Mission in deploying 286 service members in support of DHS and Customs and Border Protection, and served on the Adjutant General’s Association of the United States, Homeland Security Committee.

MG Mayorga was the Commanding General of the 36th Infantry Division from August 2007 to April 2009 and was responsible for the training, readiness, health, and welfare of approximately 17,000 soldiers and their families. He was the principal advisor to the Adjutant General on the use of division resources in support of federal missions and state operations. As Commander of the 36th ID he trained and deployed over 7,000 soldiers to Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom in addition to deploying over 4,000 soldiers in support of civil authorities during Hurricanes Dolly, Eduard, Gustav, and Ike in 2008 and deploying hundreds more in year-round support for fires, floods, and ice storms.

From September 2005 to August 2007 then Brigadier General Mayorga served as the Deputy Commanding General for US Army South in FT. Sam Houston, Texas. His duties and responsibilities included assisting the Commanding General in prioritizing, planning, and executing over 600 annual operations, exercises, activities and engagements in support of US Southern Command’s Theater Security Cooperation Strategy with Central and South America and Caribbean Partner Nations. These events included construction projects, medical readiness exercises, a 20+ nation joint/combined exercise in the defense of the Panama Canal, peace keeping operations exercises, disaster relief/humanitarian assistance exercises, small unit exchanges, subject matter exchanges, and key leader engagements with Army Commanders and Chiefs/Ministers of Defense. BG Mayorga was also responsible for assisting the CG in providing T10 Army Executive Agent support to Joint Task Force Bravo in Honduras, Joint Task Force Guantanamo, Forward Operating Base in Colombia, and the Military Groups in over 30 countries within the area of responsibility. Prior to his promotion to General Officer in 2005, Mr. Mayorga served four years on active duty as an engineer officer in the US Army and had a 24-year civilian career from with the State oil and gas regulatory agency, the Railroad Commission of Texas, as a Petroleum Engineer, District Director, and Assistant Oil and Gas Division Director wherein he was responsible for oil and gas industry compliance with Commission rules and regulations of approximately 375,000 open oil and gas wellbores across the State of Texas.

EDUCATION:  Mr. Mayorga earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering in 1977 from Texas A&I University in Kingsville, TX and a Master of Business Administration Degree in 1989 from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, TX. Mr. Mayorga also earned a Master of Strategic Studies Degree in 2001 from the US Army War College in Carlisle, PA. Mr. Mayorga is a Texas Registered Professional Engineer.

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