JAMES OWEN LECHNER
(803) 719 1975
Executive Summary: Operations and management executive with twenty-nine years of government experience in multi functional strategic planning, training, counter insurgency and counter terrorism operations. US security clearance Top Secret /SCI, US Gov Polygraph: 2011
• Leadership: Retired Senior Army Infantry Officer with over 27 years experience in planning and operations with a focus on counter insurgency, counter terrorism, special operations and intelligence, during numerous contingency operations and overseas tours in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
• Management: Directed and supervised operations and the execution of planning, training, financial management and acquisition for multiple organizations.
• Communications: Excellent oral, written and media skills. Extensive background and experience as a presenter and briefer at the highest levels of the US military and national government.
PROFESSIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE
Senior Counter Insurgency Advisor, Baghram, Afghanistan. Oct 2011-Dec 2012. As member of the COMISAF Advisory and Assistance Team (CAAT) provided high level advice and assistance to General John Allen and the NATO/ISAF military effort. Provided written and oral assessments, briefings and consultations on the strategic campaign to include the international military effort, governance, civil development and information operations. Served as senior contractor, supervising twenty contract personnel.
Base Commander CAMP MOREHEAD, NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan. Jan-Jul, 2010.
Led a joint international organization with the responsibility to field the Afghan National Special Operations Forces to include commandos and special forces In a mayor equivalent position, directly responsible for all base facilities, life support, security, and logistical functions for over 6,000 people.
Coalition Forces Special Operations Component Command, Kabul, Afghanistan. July-December 2009.
Program Director for Village Stability Operations. Community Defense Initiative.
Foreign Fighter Task Force, Center For Counter Terrorism, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Langley, VA Jun 2008-Apr 2009. Chief of Operations. Conducted inter agency planning and coordination in support of the Iraqi theater of Operations for counter insurgency (COIN), counter terrorism and intelligence operations with national level organizations of: NCTC, JIATF-CT, DIA, CIA, FBI, ICE, DHS, State Department and Coalition-Partner Nations.
Iraqi National Counter Terrorism Force Transition Team, Baghdad, Iraq September-December 2007.
Deputy J3. Advised Iraqi special operations force counter parts at the operational and tactical levels.
1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division, Ninevah and Anbar Provinces, Iraq. February, 2006-February, 2007.
Brigade Deputy Commander. Key Leader in a brigade combat team composed of subordinate units from all
four services, combined with two Iraqi Army brigades, conducting counter insurgency (COIN) operations.
in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. Lead officer responsible for establishing Iraqi Army and Police forces. As the brigade’s lead coordinator for implementation of the counterinsurgency (COIN) strategy, responsible for the coordination and establishment of the Anbar Awakening Movement (SAWA). Served as the principle advisor to the leader of SAWA Sheik Sittar Albu Reisha, and the brigade’s lead coordinator for the successful counter insurgency (COIN) campaign in Ramadi, Iraq.
Coalition Military Assistance and Transition Team. Samarra, Iraq. April-November, 2004. Team Leader. Provided leadership, advice and assistance to the 7th Iraqi Army Battalion Commander and staff. In the absence of the Iraqi Battalion commander, led the battalionduring combat operations to secure the city of Samarra in support of Coalition offensive operations.
5-20IN, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis WA. June 2002-June 2003.
Battalion Executive Officer. Executive Officer for a 691 man STRYKER Battalion. Responsible for managing the battalion’s $625,000 budget. Developed staff operating procedures for unit. Participated in numerous Combat Training Center exercises focused upon counter insurgency (COIN) and direct action, to include the first ever back to back NTC-JRTC rotations and strategic mobility exercise in order to validate the first STRYKER Brigade in the USArmy.
1-23IN, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division Fort Lewis WA June 2001-May 2002.
Battalion Operations Officer. Operations officer for a Light Armored Vehicle equipped STRYKER interim
Infantry Battalion. Training focused upon direct action, counter insurgency (COIN) and contingency
operations with an emphasis on mobile and urban operations.
CTF J3 USEUCOM Stuttgart, Germany/Bosnia Herzegovina July 1999-April 2000.
Director of Operations. J3 of a Coalition and Joint Task Force conducting highly sensitive, compartmentalized
operations to identify, locate and detain high value Persons Indicted For War Crimes (PIFWC) targets as directed by the National Command Authority (NCA). Participated in numerous deployments into Bosnia Herzegovina as the J3Operations officer conducting contingency response operations in support of the JTF.
HQ, US Army Pacific, Fort Schafter Hawaii July 1997-July 1998. Aide de Camp to the Deputy
Commanding General. Principal executive assistant to the Deputy commander. Conductednumerous official visits and assessments of training missions and advisory and assistance efforts with partner nations in the Pacific region, to include counter insurgency (COIN) and counter terrorism efforts during operations in Sri Lanka and the Philippines.
Alpha Company, 2-27IN, 3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks Hawaii. May 1996 – July 1997. Commander. Commander of a light Infantry company. Commanded the company during deployment in support of the Multi-National Force and Observers (MFO) Sinai, Egypt Jul 1996 – Jan 1997.
G3 Plans 25th Infantry Division Schofield Barracks, Hawaii December 1994-April 1996.
Assistant G3 Plans Officer. Conducts planning and coordinates execution of all activities within the division level planning staff.
3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. Fort Benning, Georgia. February 1991-June 1994
Fire Support Officer Leader of an 11 man team of US Army Ranger Forward Observers providing fire support to a Ranger Infantry Company. Member of TF RANGER during counter insurgency (COIN) and counter terrorism combat operations in support of OPERATION GOTHIC SERPENT Mogadishu, Somalia Aug-Oct 1993.
Masters Military History, American Military University, Charlestown, West Virginia.
Masters Military Management and Operations, US Air Force Air University, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, Alabama
Bachelor of Arts-History, The Citadel Charleston, South Carolina
US Air Force Air Command and Staff College
US Army Command and General Staff College, Combined Arms Service Staff School
Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict Orientation Course
US Army Infantry Officer Advanced Course
US Army Field Artillery Officer Basic Course
US Army Ranger School
US Army Jumpmaster Course
US Army Airborne School
USMC Landing Force Tactical Air Control Party Course
US Navy Naval Gunfire Spotter’s Course
USAF Joint Firepower Control Course
USMC Scout Sniper Familiarization Course
US Army Chemical School Nuclear Biological and Chemical Training Course
US Army Basic and Advanced Individual Training Course – 11B Infantryman.
Numerous US Government tactical courses