Executive Assistant Commissioner Kathryn L. Kolbe, Enterprise Services
Ms. Kolbe comes to CBP from the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Chief Readiness Support Officer, where as Director of the Field Efficiencies Program Management Office she has worked to build a multi-functional team and strategy to collaboratively develop and execute integrated mission support solutions within DHS and its component organizations.
Ms. Kolbe joined DHS after a 24-year career in the United States Air Force, from which she retired with the rank of Colonel. Prior to her retirement, she was Air Base Wing Commander and Vice Commander for the 75th Air Base Wing, Air Force Material Command, at Hill Air Force Base near Ogden, Utah. In this role, she led 2,800 civilian, military, and contract personnel in the provision of a wide range of professional services, including budgeting, planning and programming, facilities management, contract administration, information technology, personnel administration, labor-management relations, security, safety, emergency management, and public and legislative affairs, as well as medical and airfield operations, supporting 60 organizations and 20,000 on-base personnel.
Previously, Ms. Kolbe served as the Joint Engineer Division Chief for the United States Forces-Iraq in Baghdad, Iraq, where she helped orchestrate the responsible drawdown of more than 200,000 military and contractor personnel from Iraq and served as a liaison with the Iraqi government. She has also served in various Air Force leadership roles in the Pacific, Europe, and the United States.
Ms. Kolbe holds a master’s degree in national resource management from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in Washington, DC; a master’s degree in organizational management from the George Washington University in Washington, DC; and a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.