By Rae HigginsMarch 27, 2017
Detroit Arsenal, WARREN, Mich. (March 27, 2017) -- Ross R. Guckert was officially installed as the U.S. Army's Deputy Program Executive Officer for Combat Support and Combat Service Support and elevated to the Army's Senior Executive Service in a March 24 ceremony held here. He assumed the duties of the position in January of this year.
The government's Senior Executive Service, a federal civilian employee classification, is analogous to general officer or flag officer ranks in the U.S. Armed Forces. Guckert is the Army civilian equivalent of a one-star general.
In this new position, Guckert supports the Program Executive Officer in leading the development, integration, testing, acquisition, fielding, sustainment and modernization of more than 250 diverse U.S. Army logistics equipment programs.
His immediate prior assignment was as the Army's Acting Deputy Program Executive Officer for Aviation, Huntsville, Ala. He also previously served as Acting Deputy Program Executive Officer for Soldier.
Guckert holds a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and a master's degree in Engineering Management from George Washington University. He is a graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, the Army's Competitive Development Group, Harvard's Leadership Series and Senior Executive Fellows Program, Defense Acquisition University's Advanced Program Management Program, Darden's Executive Leadership Program, Personnel Management for Executives, and Organizational Leadership for Executives.
A member of the Army Acquisition Corps, he is certified in Program Management; Science and Technology Management, Systems Planning, Research, Development and Engineering; and Test and Evaluation.
PEO CS&CSS headquartered here, reports to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology. The PEO is comprised of a team of approximately 1,500 military, civilian, contractor and matrix associates in five geographic locations. The PEO's associates manage the lifecycle of more than 250 programs, with 150-plus in active management -- spanning most or all of the equipment in the Army's Transportation, Ordnance, Engineer and Quartermaster portfolios. It manages an annual budget of approximately $3.5 billion; with a total program budget of approximately $13.5 billion over fiscal years 2017-2021.