John Gaivin

Military Professor National Security Affairs
Col., U.S. Army
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Col. Gaivin joined the faculty at the U.S. Naval War College in 2019. He holds a bachelor's in social science, a master's in business and supply chain management and a master's in national security and strategic studies. His most recent assignment was as the chief of sustainment, ACofS, G4, 2nd Infantry Division, South Korea. He was commissioned as a quartermaster officer through the Army's Officer Candidate School in 1999. His assignments include serving in Germany, South Korea, Washington, North Carolina, New York and Alaska. He has operational and combat deployments to Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Areas of Expertise

  • Command and Control
  • Ethics
  • Joint Operations
  • JPME
  • Leadership
  • Military Planning

Professional Highlights


Chief of Sustainment, ACofS G4, 2nd Infantry Division, South Korea

Responsible for all logistics support to the forward stationed 2d Infantry Division/ROK-US Combined Division
(RUCD) consisting of over 11,000 Soldiers. Plans and integrates operations across the Sustainment war fighting function in support of the Division.

Battalion Commander, 17th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, JBER, Alaska

Commander of a deployable battalion attached to United States Army Alaska (USARAK) responsible for synchronizing and providing multi-functional sustainment support to all USARAK units as well as mission command and support to 13 subordinate units consisting of over 1300 Soldiers and their families.

Executive Officer to the Director of Logistics, J4, US European Command

Primary executive assistant to the Director of Logistics as they direct US Department of Defense logistics activities in USEUCOM's 51 country area of responsibility. Serves as the focal point for all staffing requirements directed by EUCOM, the Joint Staff and OSD.


M.A., U.S. Naval War College, National Security and Strategic Studies

M.S., School of Business, University of Kansas, Business (Supply Chain Management and Logistics)

B.S., Saint Thomas Aquinas College, Social Sciences

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