Rear Adm. John Polowczyk is a native of Manhasset, Long Island, New York. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in engineering. He holds a Master of Science in Contract and Acquisition Management from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He also completed an executive education program at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
Polowczyk’s sea duty assignments include supply department head tours aboard the fast attack submarine USS Queenfish (SSN 651), the destroyer USS Peterson (DD 969) and the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5).
Ashore, he most recently served as director, logistics programs and business operations in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV N41). His other shore assignments include Fleet Ordnance and Supply (N41) and fleet supply officer on the staff of Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, in Norfolk; comptroller, U.S. Fleet Forces Command; commanding officer, Naval Supply System Command, Fleet Logistics Center Pearl Harbor; business management officer, U.S. Joint Forces Command, Norfolk; military assistant to the assistant secretary of the Navy for Financial Management & Comptroller; OPNAV N413 Joint Logistics officer, where he developed the Navy-Marine Corps Naval Logistics Integration program; business financial manager, Seawolf Program Office, Naval Sea Systems Command; financial officer, Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet; contracting officer with Naval Sea Systems Command; and instructor, Naval Supply Corps School, Athens, Georgia.
Polowczyk assumed the position of vice director for logistics, logistics directorate (J4), Joint Staff in June 2017. The J4 is responsible for integrating logistics planning and execution in support of joint operations to drive joint force readiness, maximize the Joint Force Commander's freedom of action and advise the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on logistics matters.
Polowczyk is a qualified submarine supply officer, Surface Warfare Supply Corps officer and member of the Defense Acquisition Professional Community. His personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (three awards), Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards) and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards).