Mr. James H. Otto is the interim Command Executive Officer for the 7th Civil Support Command, Kaiserslautern, Germany. Beginning in 2004, he served five and half years with U.S. Army Garrison - Kaiserslautern and Installation Management Command as Antiterrorism Specialist and Operations Officer. In March 2010, he transferred to the 7th Civil Support Command where he served as the Deputy G3 and Director of Emergency Services until his interim promotion to Command Executive Officer.
In 2004, Mr. Otto retired from the U.S. Army after 20 years of service. He served in every non-commissioned officer leadership position to the rank of 1SG and on the staffs of two General Officers. During his military career, he participated in 13 deployments including the Balkans, Southwest Asia, Panama, Africa, and a special assignment to the Air Force. His military education includes First Sergeant Course, Battle Staff Course, and Military Police Advanced Noncommissioned Officers Course (Distinguished Honor Graduate). He also attended numerous specialty courses including the Airborne School and the French Commando Course.
His civilian education includes International Business and Marketing. He has attended the Army Management Staff College Advance and Intermediate courses, Humanitarian Assistance Response Training, Weapons of Mass Destruction / Hazardous Materials Incident Command Response Course, and General Fund Enterprise Business System financial management training.
Mr Otto’s civilian awards include 2007 European Command Antiterrorism Program of the Year, 2009 Defense Threat Reduction Agency Coin of Excellence, Best Practice-Engineer Security Initiative, 2010 Commanders Award for Civil Service, and the 2011 Commanders Award for Civil Service for meritorious achievements.
Mr. Otto’s military awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, an Army Superior Unit Award, Airborne Basic Parachutist Badge, Air Force Security Forces Qualification Badge, and two JP Holland Awards for the Best Military Police Company U.S. Army (1996 and 1999).