Senior Advisor, F-35 Sustainment (OUSD A&S)
U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)
Mr. Patrick T. Kumashiro currently serves as a Highly Qualified Expert (HQE) in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment. In this capacity, Mr. Kumashiro serves as the Senior Advisor for F-35 Sustainment coordinating Department of Defense (DoD) F-35 sustainment policy with the F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO), U.S. Military Services, International Partners, and Industry manufacturers. Mr. Kumashiro advises DoD senior leaders on budgetary, legislative, and management oversight for the F-35 Lightning II weapon system delivering operational readiness improvements and life cycle sustainment cost affordability for DoD's largest Major Defense Acquisition Program.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Kumashiro was the Director, USAF Market at LMI where he provided AI/ML advanced analytics, digital services, logistics, and management advisory services for USAF and DoD clients. Mr. Kumashiro is a former 27-year career USAF aircraft maintenance and logistics officer having served in assignments at the squadron, wing, major command, Headquarters United States Air Force, and joint level. He last served as the Chief, Maintenance Division, Deputy of Chief of Staff for Logistics, Engineering, & Force Protection, Headquarters United States Air Force. In this role, he spearheaded weapons system readiness requirements, force structure, modernization, and aircraft sustainment guidance for 5,400+ USAF aircraft and led talent management for over 3,000 USAF logistics officers and 65,000 enlisted personnel. Additionally, he represented the USAF within the F-35 Autonomic Logistics Advisory Council (ALAC) developing F-35 enterprise sustainment requirements and solutions.
From 2010-2012, Mr. Kumashiro was the Commander, 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group "USAF Boneyard" where he led 900+ civilian, military and contractor personnel supporting DoD aerospace storage & preservation, aircraft parts reclamation, aircraft regeneration, programmed depot-level maintenance, and aircraft disposal. As Commander, he provided secure storage for 4,000 aircraft, strategic missiles and production tooling valued at $31 billion while directing financial activities for an annual operating budget of approximately $122 million in both operations and maintenance (O&M) and depot maintenance activity group (DMAG) accounts.
From 2008-2010, Mr Kumashiro served as a National Defense University Assistant Professor and Director of the Supply Chain Management Concentration Program Director where he led faculty members and students in a comprehensive understanding of global supply chain concepts and best practices.
Mr. Kumashiro has a BA in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin, MS in National Resource Strategy (Distinguished Graduate) from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (Eisenhower School), MA in Military Studies, Marine Corps Command & Staff College, and MA in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma. His military decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with one oak leaf cluster, and Bronze Star Medal.