Mr. John H. O'Brien Deputy to the Garrison Commander
Mr. John H. O’Brien is a native of Ketchikan, AK and in August 2022 he began serving as the Deputy to the Garrison Commander at the U.S. Army Garrison, Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey.
Prior to assuming this position, Mr. O’Brien served as the Director of Plans, Training, Mobilization, and Security for the Installation Management Command (IMCOM) Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Yakima Training Center. In this role he served as a principal advisor to the Yakima Training Center Commander on all matters pertaining to coordination and synchronization of the Yakima Training Center. Mr. O’Brien interfaced with Department of Army, Army Commands IMCOM Directorates, Garrisons, Federal and State Agencies, and subordinate Division Offices to provide synchronization as well as mentoring, leadership, and training to personnel at all levels in his subject matter areas.
Mr. O’Brien has also served as the Plans Analysis and Integration Officer for U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany, from August 2019 to May 2021. He was responsible for developing a workforce development program as well as providing annual staff training oversight, stationing management, and long-term strategic planning efforts for the Garrison with direct responsibility for 32 separate installations, including installations located in Romania and Bulgaria.
Mr. O’Brien has served in various capacities across the Army since joining IMCOM in 2009. These include serving as Emergency Operations Center Manager, Command Assistant Employee Misconduct Officer, Antiterrorism Officer, Civilian Wellness Program Manager, and Director of Plans, Training, Mobilization, and Security.
With over 19 years of Military and Civilian experience with the Department of Army, Mr. O’Brien has served at U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach, Germany; U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany, and Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Yakima Training Center, Yakima WA.
Mr. O’Brien enlisted in the Army in 1992 as a 67V10 - OH-58 C/D Model Scout Helicopter Repairmen and completed his service with an honorable discharge in 1998. Throughout his career, he has held multiple leadership roles.
Mr. O’Brien’s education includes a Masters of Art in Organizational Management (2002), a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (2000) and an Associates of Applied Science in Criminology (1998).
Mr. O’Brien’s awards and honors include the Civilian Service Commendation Award, 2022 (ARCOM), Superior Civilian Service Award, 2015 (MSM), European Installation Antiterrorism Program of the Year, 2014, and the Civilian Service Achievement Award, 2011, 2019, 2021 (AAM).
Mr. O’Brien is married to the former Kathleen Buttler Klein of Yakima, WA. He is the father of daughter, Mary Klein (24), Madeline Klein (24), Alinnah O’Brien (23) and Nathan Shipps (20).
He enjoys spending time with his adult children, spiritual development, and exercising.