Mr. Randall (Randy)
Cieslak reported to Headquarters, U.S. Pacific Command in December, 1999. As
the Chief Information Officer (CIO), Mr. Cieslak is responsible for the
planning and management of information resources to maximize Pacific Command
Mr. Cieslak’s goal is
to establish an information infrastructure that supports and provides
world-class Information Technology (IT) service, plus the highest level of
information assurance. He also endeavors to establish a workforce savvy in
computer, network and information tools.
Mr. Cieslak was born
and raised in Indiana. He graduated with honors from Purdue University in 1977,
earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering. In 1987, he
received his Masters Degree in Systems Management from the University of
Southern California, specializing in Information Systems.
Mr. Cieslak's Naval career began as a submarine officer
aboard the USS OMAHA (SSN 692) where he served as the Weapons Officer. After he
left active duty, he joined Federal Civil Service and the Naval Reserve,
retiring after 30 years as a Captain having earned the Defense Meritorious Service
Medal, Navy Commendation Medals; Navy and Army Achievement Medals.
Early in his civil
service career, Mr. Cieslak worked for Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard as a nuclear
engineering instructor before transferring to what is now the Space and Naval
Warfare Systems Center, Pacific. He championed several programs, including the
Fleet Command Center Battle Management Program, developed the Navy and Marine
Corps Information Technology Standards and the Navy’s “IT21” initiative.
As a system
integrator, Mr. Cieslak is frequently called upon to solve poorly defined
problems spanning the scope of multiple information systems. Today, Mr. Cieslak
is fostering a Joint Information Environment that thrives on change,
accommodates diversity and improves security at the lowest cost.
civilian awards include a Certificate in Excellence for Acquisition Reform, the
combined AFCEA -- U.S. Naval Institute Copernicus Award, the Meritorious
Civilian Service Award and the Superior Civilian Service Award. He was a member
of the Federal Computer Week's "Top 100" Federal Information
Technology professionals several times; was awarded AFCEA’s Benjamin H. Oliver
Gold Medal for Engineering and the Lt. Gen James M. Rockwell Domestic “AFCEAN
of the Year” award; and the Department of the Navy Information Management,
Information Technology and Cyberspace Person of the Year for 2014.