Col John Gutierrez, USMC
Portfolio Manager, Logistics Combat Element Systems
2023 Tactical Wheeled Vehicles Conference
Col Gutierrez currently serves as the Portfolio Manager for Logistics Combat Element Systems, U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command. In this role, he provides executive acquisition management for the development, systems integration, acquisition, testing, fielding, sustainment, and modernization of diverse systems across the Marine Corps’ Engineering, Supply, Maintenance, Ammunition and Tactical Wheeled Vehicle portfolios.
Col Gutierrez began his military service in 1990, when he enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve as a Hospital Corpsman and served until 1995. He was commissioned in 1996 and in 1997 he reported to 2d Battalion, 10th Marines where he served as the Battalion Supply Officer, Service Platoon Commander and HQ Battery Executive Officer.
In 2001, Col Gutierrez was concurrently assigned as the Battalion Operations Officer and as the Contingency Contracting Officer (CCO) for 2d Supply Battalion, 2d Force Service Support Group. He deployed as the CCO for the Marine Logistics Command and the Maritime Pre-Positioning Force Special Purpose Marine Air/Ground Task Force in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM I. He also deployed to Haiti in support of Operation SECURE TOMORROW as the CCO for Combined Joint Task Force-Haiti.
In 2005, Col Gutierrez reported to the Program Manager for Infantry Combat Equipment, U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command. He served as a Project Officer and Team Leader for Individual Armor and Load Bearing Equipment programs. He was selected for the Acquisition Military Occupational Specialty.
In 2009, Col Gutierrez reported to the U.S. Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate as a Joint Acquisition and Concepts Officer. He was designated a Joint Qualified Officer following this tour.
In 2012, Col Gutierrez was selected as the Product Manager for Small Power Sources at the DoD Project Manager for Mobile Electric Power (DoD PM-MEP), PEO Combat Support and Combat Service Support. He deployed twice to Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM XIII, as the Product Manager for DoD PM-MEP (Forward).
In 2014, Col Gutierrez was selected as a Secretary of Defense Executive Fellow/Commandant of the Marine Corps Fellow and was assigned to Dynamic Aviation. In 2015, he was selected as the Joint Product Manager for Vehicle Systems at the Joint Program Office for Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JPO-JLTV), PEO Land Systems.
In 2018, Col Gutierrez was assigned as the Chief of Staff and later served as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Expeditionary Programs and Logistics Management, Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development & Acquisition).
Col Gutierrez holds a B.S. in Biology from Arizona State University, a M.S. in Management from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, a M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College, and a Master of Military Studies from the U.S. Marine Corps University. He has completed post-graduate studies in Project Management at the George Washington University and in Advanced Project Management at Stanford University. He is also a graduate of the Joint Forces Staff College.
Col Gutierrez holds multiple personal, unit, campaign, and foreign awards. He is a member of the Defense Acquisition Corps and holds the highest-level certifications in Program Management and Contracting.