For over 35 years Gary Kirchner developed communication tools for business, government, medicine and the United States Navy. Currently Gary is a communications consultant with BlueForce Inc. providing support to Joint Public Affairs Support Element. Prior to this he worked for Booz Allen Hamilton where he supported multiple Navy clients including U.S Fleet Forces Command, Maritime Civil Affairs and Security Training Command, and NATO.
In 2004, as a Lead Communication Analyst for CACI, Gary developed and implemented Navy-wide marketing communication plans to support the Navy’s transformational global SeaWarrior training and human resource programs. This assignment involved branding and promoting the Senior Enlisted Academy, the Navy College program and the 5 Vector Model - Sailors’ interactive online career tool.
Early in his career, Gary managed the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine’s Center for Educational Television. During his tenure, the Center became a nationally recognized production center serving government, medical publishers, national associations, Illinois Public Television and Disney.
In 1989, Gary was awarded a commission as a Navy Reserve Public Affairs Officer. During his Navy career, he was selected to serve as the public affairs officer for the Navy’s Revolution in Training and as Director of Public Affairs for the Chief of the Navy Reserve. His overseas assignments include: Deputy Director of Communications for Operation Lifeline, the Pakistan earthquake relief effort, Acting Director of Public Affairs International Security Assistance Force, Afghanistan and Advisor to the Afghan Ministry of Interior Spokesman.
Gary also served Reserve Public Affairs Command tours as: Director Naval Forces Europe, Chief of Naval Information, Joint Public Affairs Support Element Public Affairs and Navy Public Affairs Support Element. Gary is a 1977 graduate of Hope College where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. In 1978 he earned a Master of Arts in Radio, Television and Film from the University of Michigan.