Naval command names new information officer

Naval command names new information officer

The Naval Supply Systems Command has promoted Karen Gadbois, a 14-year federal government veteran, to serve as the agency's command information officer.

Gadbois, who most recently worked as the acting deputy commander in the Navy eBusiness Operations Office in Mechanicsburg, Pa., was also promoted to the Senior Executive Service.

Gadbois replaces Ruth Sanders, who retired earlier this year.

As command information officer, Gadbois' job is to ensure that IT is efficiently used to provide affordable combat power through logistics, according to an agency release. She will also work with colleagues to devise a single Department of Navy information management strategy that governs IT investments and operations.

'We are pleased to have Ms. Gadbois moving into the Command Information Officer position,' said Rear Adm. Daniel H. Stone, commander of the Naval Supply Systems Command. 'This is a critical leadership position at NAVSUP. Leveraging information technology investments to achieve affordable readiness is critical to our future, and Karen Gadbois is well prepared to meet that challenge.'

Gadbois, a native of Massachusetts, graduated from Elms College in Chicopee, Mass., with a bachelor's degree in finance and economics. She spent a year studying at the London School of Economics. She also holds a master's degree in strategic studies from the Army War College in Carlisle, Pa.

She was awarded the Meritorious Civilian Service Award and was named Naval Supply Systems Command Executive of the Year in 2002.

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