Ashore, he most recently served as director, logistics programs and business operations in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV N41). Rear Adm. William D. Byrne, Jr. Vice Director, Joint Staff VIEW BIO . The rear admiral asked for more information to share as a best practice with other states and FEMA regions. Driving the news: "Today, I, as leader of FEMA's supply chain task force, am blind to where all the product is," Rear Adm. John Polowczyk tells Axios. Moving to the Carolina MAGTF, he served in logistics billets  with Marine Wing Support Squadron 274, Cherry Point; Marine Aircraft Group 26, New River; and 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune. He also serves as vice director for Logistics, J4 with the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He holds a Master of Science in Contract and Acquisition Management from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in engineering. The J4 is responsible for integrating logistics planning and execution in support of joint operations to drive joint force readiness, maximize the Joint Force Commander's freedom of action and advise the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on logistics matters. Polowczyk is a qualified submarine supply officer, Surface Warfare Supply Corps officer and member of the Defense Acquisition Professional Community. Rear Adm. John Polowczyk is a native of Manhasset, Long Island, New York. In 1991, he was transferred to be the Assistant Logistics Officer for 9th Marine Regiment. Driving the news: "Today, I, as leader of FEMA's supply chain task force, am blind to where all the product is," Rear Adm. John Polowczyk tells Axios. Polowczyk’s sea duty assignments include supply department head tours aboard the fast attack submarine USS Queenfish (SSN 651), the destroyer USS Peterson (DD 969) and the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5). All rights reserved. Rear Admiral John Polowczyk was appointed to lead thea White House supply chain task force in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Rear Admiral John Polowczyk Supply Chain Task Force Lead, Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Rear Admiral Gene Price Governor Stitt was joined on the call by PPE Coordinator Gino DeMarco. GOVERNOR STITT SPEAKS WITH REAR ADMIRAL JOHN POLOWCZYK TO DISCUSS PPE SUPPLY CHAIN. The bottom line: The shortages are daunting. Rear Adm. Polowczyk praised Oklahoma’s system of tracking PPE inventory across the state, including using the National Guard to ensure accurate and timely data reporting. The NDIA Policy team monitors, advocates for, and educates government stakeholders on, policy matters of importance to the defense industrial base. Acceleration: FEMA needs to assist by clearing bottlenecks and speeding deliveries. As part of this diverse network, over 1,610 corporate and 65,000 individual members are actively developing best practices, initiatives, technology, and products in defense with continued guidance and feedback from key stakeholders. Stitt. intellectual property restrictions (e.g., copyright and trademark, including The NDIA Chapters are the foundation of the Association. Ashore, he most recently served as director, logistics programs and business operations in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV N41). John Polowczyk graduated from the U.S. “I made sure to let him know of some of the challenges we are facing acquiring N95 masks in Oklahoma and look forward to his continued help for our state.”. On promotion to Brigadier General, he was assigned as the Combined Joint Director of Logistics (CJ- 4) for NATO Resolute Support, Afghanistan. NDIA provides a platform through which leaders in government, industry and academia can collaborate and provide solutions to advance the national security and defense needs of the nation. Polowczyk speaks at a coronavirus briefing at the White House, March 23. The Trump administration already has enlisted help from the auto industry. Following this, he served as the Assistant Deputy Commandant, Installations and Logistics (Plans, Policies and Strategic Mobility) before assuming his current duties in July 2020. Why it matters: Polowczyk hears the calls from Congress, governors and medical equipment suppliers who want the federal government to nationalize the supply chain using the Defense Production Act — but he argues that's not the right move this far into the crisis. He is currently assigned as the Vice Director for Logistics, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. After completing The Basic School and Logistics Officer Course, he reported to 3rd Landing Support Battalion in Okinawa where he was a Platoon Commander and Company Executive Officer of a Support Equipment Company. The polls closed at 7pm ET in the critical swing states of Florida and Georgia. Supply Chain Task Force Lead, Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. Join a local chapter and get plugged in to NDIA. © 2020 National Defense Industrial Association. JP 3-68 - Noncombatant Evacuation Operations, Security Forces Assistance Planner's Guide, J8 | Force Structure, Resources & Assessment, http://www.dimoc.mil/resources/limitations.html. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in engineering. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in engineering. WASHINGTON - Rear Adm. John Polowczyk DOWNLOAD PHOTO (0.05 MB) This photograph is considered public domain and has been cleared for release. Over the past three years, the Policy team has led NDIA’s Acquisition Reform Initiative. https://www.ndia.org/.../featured-speaker/rear-admiral-john-polowczyk The big picture: With more than 150 countries affected by the global pandemic, worldwide demand for medical equipment is exploding, but supplies are limited and often hindered by virus-related shipping problems. All Rights Reserved. Tonight could be the start of days of suspense before we know who the next president will be. But in Polowczyk's view, all four efforts "when combined together, should get us through this phase, this wave, of COVID-19. ", FEMA staffers also need to visit warehouses and open boxes "to make sure it's not sawdust.". regarding use of images of identifiable personnel, appearance of "You can't just make masks in volume in a matter of days.". What's happening: Instead, Polowczyk says, FEMA is collecting inventory data from all those companies and weaving disparate information systems together "to illuminate their supply chains down to their distribution networks and potentially down to the hospital level.". Polowczyk is a qualified submarine supply officer, Surface Warfare Supply Corps officer and member of the Defense Acquisition Professional Community. But barely a week into his role at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, he's still trying to establish what's in the pipeline and where it is. Rear admiral is a senior naval flag officer rank, equivalent to a major general and air vice marshal and above that of a commodore and captain, but below that of a vice admiral.It is regarded as a two star "admiral" rank.It is often regarded as a two-star rank with a NATO code of OF-7. But the nation's medical supply chain consists of six or seven major distributors with 600–700 distribution nodes around the country. ", Lining up new manufacturers will take several weeks or longer, he said. The senior Navy officer now in charge of fixing America's coronavirus supply chain is trying to fill the most urgent needs: ventilators and personal protective gear. “Oklahomans should be proud of our focus on collecting accurate data to ensure we keep our health care providers and first responders safe and protected. He also completed an executive education program at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. My name is Rear Admiral John Polowczyk, Vice Director for Logistics, Joint Staff and Lead for the Supply Chain Task Stabilization Task Force. 3. The Policy team also represents NDIA in several inter-association groups representing the defense industry and the government contracting community including the Council of Defense and Space Industry Associations (CODSIA), the Acquisition Reform Working Group (ARWG), and the Industry Logistics Coalition (ILC). "The thought that we're going to buy our way out of this right now is not possible," Polowczyk says. Ventilator companies like GE Healthcare, Philips and Hamilton Medical already are sharply increasing production, as are Honeywell and 3M, which make respirator masks. NDIA convenes events and forums for the exchange of ideas, which encourage research and development, and routinely facilitates analyses on the complex challenges and evolving threats to our national security. Follow the links to learn more about activities, missions, and contacts. He also completed an executive education program at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. A robust defense industrial-government network consisting of Divisions, Industrial Committees, and ad-hoc Working Groups. Further, any commercial or non-commercial use of this photograph or any Many other companies have volunteered, but it takes time to figure out what they can produce or how they can partner with others. "I'm not going to re-create that," he said. calls from Congress, governors and medical equipment suppliers, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Inside the start of the great virus airlift, Live: Trump wins Kentucky, Biden wins Virginia as first polls close. Preservation: Hospitals need to stretch existing supplies as much as possible. Polowczyk assumed the position of vice director for logistics, logistics directorate (J4), Joint Staff in June 2017. “I … Reallocation: FEMA needs a better understanding of what's available, where it is and where it needs to go. But it could also be effectively over by the end of the week — and there's a small chance we could even know tonight. Major General Maxwell's personal decorations include: the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and the Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal. 2. “I thank Rear Adm. Polowczyk for his time this morning and appreciate all he is doing to manage the supply chain,”, “Gino DeMarco has done great work on our PPE in an incredibly complicated and difficult environment,”, GOVERNOR STITT SPEAKS WITH REAR ADMIRAL JOHN POLOWCZYK TO DISCUSS PPE SUPPLY CHAIN. After deploying with 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward) as the AC/S G-3 Operations Officer for Operation Enduring Freedom 2011, he served as Commander, Marine Corps Base Quantico until 2015. This effort has provided legislative recommendations to assist Congressional acquisition reform efforts, many of which were enacted or influenced final provisions in the Fiscal Year 2016 and Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Acts. Rear Adm. John Polowczyk, leader of the coronavirus Supply Chain Stabilization Task Force, joined Daily Caller’s senior White House correspondent Christian Datoc for an exclusive interview on how the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is working to distribute much-needed personal protective equipment (PPE) across the country. It originated from the days of naval sailing squadrons and can trace its origins to the Royal Navy. ", That will require a "cultural flip for the medical community. What he's saying: Polowczyk told Axios the crisis has to be managed on four fronts. After graduating with distinction from the National War College in 2007 he proceeded to the J-4 Logistics Staff, U.S. European Command in Germany as the Deputy Division Chief, Logistics Support Division and the Chief, Joint Logistics Operations Center where he was promoted to Colonel.