The U.S. Army announced Gregory L. Garcia as the service’s new deputy chief information officer/G-6, a move that fills the Army’s highest civilian IT position and puts leadership in place to help oversee the formulation and execution of command, control, communications, computers and IT systems.

Garcia officially assumed the DCIO/G-6 position Oct. 1.

Garcia occupied a similar office at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, where he served as the CIO/G-6 since 2016. Garcia also spent four years as the executive director for the Army’s Information Technology Agency, where he directed the Pentagon’s efforts to convert to a virtualized desktop environment, which provides a more maintainable, less costly and more secure desktop model.

The Army’s CIO/G-6, currently Lt. Gen. Bruce Crawford, is a dual role-position, reporting to the Secretary of the Army as CIO, and to the Chief of Staff of the Army as G-6. The DCIO/G-6 shares responsibilities with the CIO/G-6 for supervising the Army’s information management and information technology as well as “advises Army senior leadership on IT and communications issues and their impact on war-fighting capabilities.”

Garcia replaced Gary Wang, who retired from the position in May.

Garcia has been a member of the senior executive service since 2005, served as a special adviser of cyber operations and Secretary of the Air Force A6 Chief Information Office. He has a master’s degree in public policy from Princeton University.

“He is a tremendous talent who is exactly the right leader, at the right time to help build on the great work of the past while we posture the CIO/G-6 to support the Army of the future,” Crawford said. “His announcement as the next Army DCIO was a great day for our Army and the Joint Force."