Vice Adm. Mark D. Harnitchek became director of the Defense Logistics Agency in November 2011. As such he is responsible for providing the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and other federal agencies with a variety of logistics, acquisition and technical services in peace and war. These services include logistics information, materiel management, procurement, warehousing and distribution of spare parts, food, clothing, medical supplies and fuel, reutilization of surplus military materiel and document automation and production. This worldwide mission is performed by nearly 27,000 civilian and military personnel.
He previously served as deputy commander, U.S. Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill.
Harnitchek, a native of Philadelphia, received a Bachelor of Arts 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, Monterey, Calif.
Harnitchek has served in a variety of sea tours including two submarines, USS Will Rogers (SSBN 659) and USS Buffalo (SSN-715); two ships, USS Holland (AS-32) and USS Proteus (AS-19); and the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71). His shore tours include Commander, Submarine Group 7, Yokosuka, Japan; the Navy Ships Parts Control Center, Naval Air Station Oceana, Va.; and the Chief of Naval Operations Staff.
Flag assignments include commanding officer, Naval Inventory Control Point; vice director for logistics, the Joint Staff; Director, Strategy, Policy, Programs and Logistics, USTRANSCOM; and director, U. S. Central Command Deployment and Distribution Operations Center in operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.