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John H. Gibson II
20th Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Financial Management & Comptroller)

In office
15 January 2008 – 20 January 2009
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Michael Montelongo
Succeeded by Jamie M. Morin
Personal details
Born 15 February 1959(1959-02-15) (age 62)
Flushing, New York
Political party Republican

John Holden Gibson II (born 15 February 1959) is a Texas businessman and former senior official in the United States Department of Defense.[1] He has been chief financial officer, chief operating officer, and managing director for several companies including a national consulting group. Gibson has served as Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Management Reform, and as Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller.

Education[edit | edit source]

Gibson attended the University of Texas at Austin, graduating in 1981. He received two undergraduate degrees, a Bachelor of Business Administration with a specialty in finance and a Bachelor of Arts in economics. In 1994, Gibson earned a master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Dallas.[2][3]

Business career[edit | edit source]

Gibson began his executive career with Westgate Fabrics, Inc. He served as chief financial officer, chief operating officer, and executive vice president. In these positions Gibson was responsible for company finances, operational performance, and strategic planning. Gibson then moved to Galbraith Electric Company where he went through the same job progression of chief financial officer to chief operating officer to vice president. As vice president, Gibson led the company through a business merger. After the merger, he remained with the new company, assisting with business operations and acquisition strategy. Prior to entering public service, Gibson was managing director of the DK Consulting Group of Abilene, Texas, where he helped large corporations plan business acquisitions and mergers. As a consultant, he specialized in banking, construction, distribution, retail sales, and health care acquisitions and mergers.[2] Gibson was also a member of the Abilene Chamber of Commerce’s Military Affairs Committee from 1998 until 2006.[4]

Public service[edit | edit source]

In February 2006, President George W. Bush appointed Gibson to the position of Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Management Reform. In this role, he was responsible for promoting management efficiency and streamlining financial operations within the Department of Defense. To accomplish this, he worked closely with the Department of Defense Inspector General, the Government Accountability Office, the Office of Management and Budget, and the United States Congress. Gibson also served as acting Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Financial Management from July 2006 through July 2007.[2]

Gibson and Senator John Thune at the Air Force Finance Center

On 24 October 2007, President Bush nominated Gibson to be Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller. The United States Senate confirmed his nomination on 20 December 2007.[5] On 15 January 2008, Gibson was sworn in as the 20th Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller by Secretary of the Air Force Michael W. Wynne.[6]

During his tenure as the Air Force’s chief financial officer, Gibson was responsible for managing an annual operating budget of $124 billion. He supported professional training and education programs to help financial managers produce better cost estimates, budget projections and financial analysis for decision makers throughout the Air Force. Gibson also expanded the Air Force Financial Services Center, opening a customer call center to provide financial services to 700,000 Airmen and civilian employees around the world.[2][7][8]

Professional associations[edit | edit source]

Gibson is a member of the Air Force Association and the American Society of Military Comptrollers.[2] In addition, he actively supports the Association of Government Accountants.[9]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CHRG-110shrg42309/html/CHRG-110shrg42309.htm
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 United States Air Force Senior Executive Service biography, "John H. Gibson II", Air Force Link, United States Air Force Public Affairs Office, Washington, D.C., January 2008.
  3. "Personnel Announcement", Press Release, Office of the Press Secretary, The White House, Washington, D.C., 25 October 2007.
  4. "Gibson in line for promotion", Reporter-News, Scripps Newspaper Group—Online, Abilene, Texas, 26 October 2007.
  5. "John Holden Gibson", Presidential Nomination, The White House, Washington, D.C., 7 July 2008.
  6. "New financial manager-comptroller sworn in", Air Force Print News, Air Force Public Affairs Office, United States Air Force, Washington D.C., 16 January 2008.
  7. "Leadership Message", Air Force Financial Management & Comptroller web-site, www.saffm.hq.af.mil, 8 July 2008.
  8. Drinnon, Roger, "Financial management, services to Airmen evolving", Air Force Print News, Air Mobility Command Public Affairs Office, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, 2 May 2008.
  9. "Speaker Biography", 56th Annual Professional Development Conference, [Association of Government Accountants, Nashville, Tennessee, 24 June 2007.

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Government offices
Preceded by
Michael Montelongo
Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Financial Management & Comptroller)
15 January 2008 – 20 January 2009
Succeeded by
Jamie M. Morin

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