Colonel Marc L. Packler is the Commander, 375th Communications Group, Scott AFB, Ill. He leads 938 personnel in two squadrons: the 375th Communications Support Squadron and the 375th Communications Squadron. He is responsible for providing U.S. Transportation Command, Air Mobility Command, the Army’s Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, 18th Air Force, the 618th Air Operations Center, three total force flying wings and 28 mission partners with innovative, cyberspace capabilities for their global reach missions. His personnel operate and defend a cyberspace hub supporting systems and infrastructure for the Department of Defense at over 200 sites around the world. The unit also develops mission specific software to enhance mobility operations, monitors and maintains joint command and control systems and manages resources valued in excess of $2 billion dollars.
Colonel Packler was commissioned through ROTC in May 1996 and entered active duty in June. Prior to his current assignment, he was the Branch Planning, Programming, Budget and Execution Lead for Command, Control, Communications and Computers (C4)/Cyber, Joint Staff J6, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. He led he developed recommendations and policy on C4/Cyber/NC3 requirements for the Presidential Budget Review and Critical Capability Gaps to meet Combatant Command Warfighting needs. He is a career cyber officer who has served in a variety of operational and staff assignments, including command of the 2nd Communications Squadron at Barksdale AFB, La.