Chief of Staff, Strategic Planning and Policy (J5DS)

Mr. Denis Delgado

Mr. Denis Delgado is the Chief of Staff for the Strategic Planning and Policy Directorate (J5DS), United States Indo-Pacific Command. In this capacity, Mr. Delgado provides sound senior-level strategic planning and policy advice to the Director, Deputy Director, and the entire J5 staff in order to provide quality and best advice to the Commander, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command. Prior to serving as Chief of Staff, he served as an International Relations Specialist and Branch Chief for the Oceania and South Asia Policy Division, Strategic Planning and Policy Directorate and was primary responsibility as Country Director for New Zealand, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, and the French Territories (French Polynesia and New Caledonia), and oversees the mil-to-mil relationships with the South American countries (Chile, Colombia, and Peru).

Mr. Delgado has extensive experience in the Indo Pacific Region which includes serving as Assessment Division Chief, under then USPACOM Standing Joint Force Headquarters. Delgado has traveled extensively in Indo-Pacific region, supporting USINDOPACOM strategic and operational engagements, training and exercises, and has also participated in real-world contingencies such as Operation Tomodachi during Japan’s devastating earthquake in 2011; provided operational planning and assessments during Cyclone Nargis which devastated Burma in 2008; and the 2004/5 Tsunami that ravaged Indonesia, and parts of Thailand.

Mr. Delgado is a retired USAF member with 26 years of experience in strategic planning, operations, logistics, special operations, and executive administration.

Mr. Delgado has a Masters of Education from Central Michigan University, and is a graduate of the Pacific Leadership Academy.



(as of January 2019)