Guam – Naval Captain Daniel Cuff will take over as the Director of the Joint Guam Program Office Forward [JGPO FWD] here on Guam when John Jackson steps down tomorrow [Friday].
Capt. Cuff is active duty Navy whereas Jackson was a retired Marine Colonel. Jackson is stepping down to take a job in the private sector in Virginia.
The JGPO FWD Director is the Guam representative for the proposed military buildup and the chief liaison officer between local officials here and DoD in Washington.
Cuff reports to JGPO’s Executive Director in Washington who is Joe Ludovici.
JGPO provides the following biogra[hical information on Capt. Cuff:
A native of Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, Captain Daniel J. Cuff, USN, graduated from Drexel University with a BS in Civil Engineering. After completing Aviation Officer Candidate School in March 1986, he earned his Naval Flight Officer (NFO) wings in April 1988.
Captain Cuff reported as an E-2C Hawkeye NFO to the “Screwtops” of VAW-123 and made several Indian Ocean, Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf deployments aboard USS America (CV-66) to include combat operations in support of DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM.
Captain Cuff then transferred into the Space Systems Engineering Curriculum at the Naval Postgraduate School where he earned a MS in Astronautical Engineering in June 1994. Upon graduation, he reported to Tactical Air Control Squadron 22 in Norfolk, Virginia and embarked aboard the USS WASP (LHD-1) in support of Marine Amphibious Ready Group deployments to include OPERATIONS DENY FLIGHT/PROVIDE PROMISE/DECISIVE ENDEAVOR.
In 1996, Captain Cuff then rejoined the “Greyhawks” of VAW-120 as a Naval Flight Officer Instructor where he held the additional duties as Human Resource Officer Department Head. In 1997, he was selected as an Aerospace Engineering Duty Officer and accepted orders as Director of Operations at Naval Air Pacific Repair Activity, Atsugi, Japan. During this tour, he oversaw the production, planning, management and execution of depot-level repair and maintenance of U.S. Navy and Marine Corps aircraft and components throughout the Pacific region.
In 2001, Captain Cuff arrived at SPAWAR Space Field Activity, National Reconnaissance Office, Chantilly, Virginia, where he served as Deputy Program Manager and Chief of Staff for the Low Earth Orbit Satellite Program Office, overseeing the planning, programming, execution and analysis of an ACAT-1D satellite program and the support of over 600 personnel.
In 2003, Captain Cuff transferred to the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Millington, Tennessee, as the Detailer for Aerospace Engineering Duty (AED) Officers and as the Assistant Head for AED/Aerospace Maintenance Duty Officer Assignments and Placement Branch. He also served as the Assistant Navy Acquisition Professional Workforce Manager.
In 2005, Captain Cuff reported to NAVAIRSYSCOM, NAS Patuxent River, Maryland as Assistant Program Manager for Systems Engineering in support of the Unmanned Air System (UAS) Program Office (PMA-263) focusing on the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance UAS and the development of a Master Naval UAS communication architecture.
Captain Cuff assumed command of DCMA Aircraft Integrated Maintenance Operations in July 2007. His responsibilities include command and control of nearly 500 military and civilian personnel and oversight on approximately 5000 DoD and FMS contracts valued at $31 Billion in unliquidated obligations on over 90 aerospace programs.