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Deputy Director, Strategic Planning and Policy (J50)

Brigadier General Mark W. Gillette, USA

Brigadier General Mark W. Gillette is the Deputy Director for Strategic Planning and Policy (J5), U.S. Pacific Command.  He is a native of New York and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant, in Aviation, in May 1983. BG Gillette previously served as the Defense Attaché-China, Defense Intelligence Agency.

BG Gillette’s previous assignments include: Platoon Leader, Headquarters Support Company; later Platoon Leader, C Company 228th Attack Helicopter Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; Platoon Leader, C Troop, 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; Student, United States Army Aviation School, Fort Rucker, Alabama; Assistant Adjutant, 10th Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division (Light), Fort Drum, New York; Commander, A Company; later Adjutant, 2d Battalion, 25th Attack Helicopter Regiment, 10th Mountain Division (Light), Fort Drum, New York; Executive Officer to the Chairman, Inter-American Defense Board, Washington, DC; Student, Defense Language Institute, Presidio of Monterey, California; Foreign Area Officer Advanced Level Trainee, United States Army Pacific, Hong Kong; Assistant Operations Officer, 2d Squadron, 4th Cavalry Squadron, 24th Infantry Division (Mechanized) Fort Stewart, Georgia; Adjutant, 24th Combat Aviation Brigade; later Executive Officer, 4th Battalion, 24th Combat Aviation Brigade, Fort Stewart, Georgia; Assistant Army Attaché, Philippines; Defense and Army Attaché, Haiti; Defense and Army Attaché, Mongolia; United States Army Attaché, China; Senior Defense Official/Defense Attaché Cambodia; Senior Defense Official/Defense Attaché, China.

BG Gillette holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY, a Master’s of Science in Social Science from Syracuse University, and a Masters of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College.

(Last updated as August 2015)