Philip E. Sakowitz Jr., a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the new director of the Defense Commissary Agency.
Sakowitz, formerly executive director of the Army’s Installation Management Command, was introduced as DeCA’s new director by Dr. David Chu, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, during the DeCA-American Logistics Association joint Commissary Conference and Training Event May 19, in Richmond, Va. His appointment was effective June 8.
As DeCA director, Sakowitz succeeds Patrick Nixon who retired in October 2007. Rick Page, the agency’s chief operating officer, had served as its acting director in the interim.
Sakowitz has more than 30 years of federal service, working at Department of the Army, Army major command and installation levels. As IMCOM’s executive director, he directed the daily execution of one of the most comprehensive multidisciplinary organizations in the Army. Operating equivalent to a “city manager,” he managed base facilities, programs, services and infrastructure sustainment for 109 Army installations worldwide, overseeing an $8 billion annual budget, 125,000 employees, 14,970 million acres of land and 934.8 million square feet of facilities worth more than $200 billion.
Before joining IMCOM, Sakowitz led the Army’s Transformation of Installation Management Task Force, which organized the operations of 15 commands into one structure to standardize installation management across the Army, a restructuring effort considered the most significant personnel movement in three decades and resulting in establishment of the largest field operating agency in Army history.
Sakowitz also served in two previous SES assignments: as deputy chief of staff for base operations support, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command from 1998 to 2002; and as assistant deputy chief of staff for personnel and installation management, U.S. Army Forces Command from 1996 to 1998.
He has been honored twice, by Presidents Clinton and Bush, as a Meritorious Presidential Rank recipient, recognizing him as a leader in the top 5 percent of the federal government’s Senior Executive Service. He has received the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s Award of Recognition for service and contributions in the areas of civil rights, race relations, equal opportunity, affirmative action and public service. He has also received the Army’s highest civilian award, the Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service.
Sakowitz graduated from Long Island University in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in health and physical education while attending on a basketball scholarship.