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Chief Information Officer (J6C)

Mr. Randall Cieslak, SES


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 mission effectiveness.

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.

Mr. Cieslak’s 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.