COL John M. Eggert
Acting Executive Director
Army Rapid Capabilities Office
COL John M. Eggert is the Acting Executive Director, Army Rapid Capabilities Office, effective November 11, 2018. In this position, he is responsible for expediting the fielding of critical combat capabilities to the warfighter and enhancing materiel responses to meet Combatant Commanders’ needs. COL Eggert leads the Army Rapid Capabilities Office mission to rapidly develop, acquire, integrate and equip selected capabilities; implement streamlined acquisition methods, processes and techniques; and act as an agent of change by challenging traditional approaches.
COL Eggert previously served as the Senior Acquisition Advisor to the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command where he supported the Army enterprise requirements generation and approval process. He also served as the Senior Military Assistant to the Defense Acquisition Executive, providing military advice on acquisition matters pertaining to the Department of Defense.
From 2013-2017, COL Eggert served as the Project Manager Lower Tier Project Office – PATRIOT, where he oversaw development of the air and missile defense systems that defend the lower tier within the terminal defense segment of the Ballistic Missile Defense System architecture. He also held various positions from 2003-2013 including Assistant Product Manager for PATRIOT Advanced Capability Three, Department of the Army Systems Coordinator (DASC) for PATRIOT/MEADS, Special Assistant to the Director of the Army Staff, Pentagon (2006-2007), and Executive Officer to the Assistant Deputy for Acquisition and Systems Management.
COL Eggert, a native of Casper, Wyo., enlisted in the U. S. Army as a nuclear, chemical and biological specialist in 1984. He served three years as an enlisted Soldier in the 3d Armored Division in Frankfurt, Germany and the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School in Fort Monmouth, N.J., attaining the rank of Sergeant. He graduated from West Point in 1990, receiving his commission in the Air Defense Artillery.
COL Eggert is Level III certified in Program Management. He is a graduate of the Air Defense Artillery Advanced Course; the PATRIOT Missile System Course; the Combined Arms and Services Staff College; the Command and General Staff College; and the Eisenhower School. He is the recipient of awards that include the Legion of Merit; the Meritorious Service Medal; the Army Commendation Medal; the Army Achievement Medal; the Good Conduct Medal; the National Defense Service Medal; and the Global War on Terrorism Medal. He was named Army Tester of the Year in 2000 and Engineer of the Year, Tennessee Valley in 2003.