MAY 18 KEYNOTE REMARKS
Colonel Justin Swartzmiller
Defense Logistics Agency, Clothing & Textiles
Colonel Justin W. Swartzmiller is the Director, Clothing and Textiles, Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His directorate oversees and executes the development, acquisition, and sustainment of over $1.8 billion per year in clothing, textiles, and equipment for U.S. service members, other federal agencies, partner nations.
Col Swartzmiller was born in East Liverpool, Ohio. He earned his commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps in 1999. A career logistician, he has been assigned at the tactical, operational and strategic levels and has served as a: Flight Commander, Installation Deployment Officer, Program Manager, Executive Officer, Country Director, Deputy Director of INDOPACOM’s Deployment Distribution Operations Center, Squadron Operations Officer, Squadron Commander (twice) and Deputy Division Chief.
MAY 20 KEYNOTE REMARKS
Mr. Andrew T. Clements
Deputy Program Executive Office Soldier
Andy Clements has a diverse professional background with military service and civil service in both the public and private sectors. He currently serves as a Department of the Army Civilian in PEO Soldier as the Deputy Project Manager for PM Close Combat Squad. He previously served three years as the Deputy Project Manager for PM Soldier Protection and Individual Equipment.
Prior to joining PEO Soldier, Andy was employed in the private sector by Leidos, a major defense, health, and infrastructure firm. As the Director for Major Acquisition Programs, Mr. Clements was responsible for defense and security contracts valued from $30 million to $1 billion.
From 2013 through 2015, Andy Clements served as a Department of the Army Civilian in ASA(ALT) under the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army – Procurement (DASA-P). Originally hired to perform acquisition career management functions in Career Program 14, Andy soon moved to a supervisory position as the DASA-P Chief of Staff.
Prior to civil service, Andy served 23 years as an active duty Army officer, retiring as a Colonel in 2013. As an Infantry officer, Colonel Clements’ military career included various command and staff assignments with the 82nd Airborne Division, the 1st Cavalry Division, and the 2nd Ranger Battalion. As an Army acquisition officer he served in PM Communications and Intelligence Support Systems, PEO Intelligence and Electronic Warfare Systems; the US Army Human Resources Command; Direct Support PM for the Asymmetric Warfare Group, the US Army Rapid Equipping Force; Operations support Team Chief - Iraq, the US Army Rapid Equipping Force; and Deputy Director, United States Army Acquisition Support Center.
Andy was commissioned a second lieutenant of Infantry in 1990 after graduating from the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree. He also holds a Master of Military Studies from Marine Corps University, Quantico, VA and a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University, Fort McNair, Washington, DC.