He will be responsible for the largest event on public land in the US as the new Winnemucca District manager for the Bureau of Land Management, the agency within the Department of the Interior that manages the annual Burning Man event. He replaces Gene Seidlitz, who was abruptly shunted out of his position during the Chocotacogate debacle.
From the Reno-Gazette Journal (emphasis ours):
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has hired a former U.S. Department of Defense official as the new Winnemucca District manager.
The position will certainly provide a change of scenery for Justin Drew, who will begin his new role in February. Drew formerly dealt with illicit drug and weapon trafficking networks in the Caribbean, Central America and South America as the managing director of the U.S. Navy’s Counter Transnational Organized Crime Division for the Southern Command.
As the director of the Winnemucca office, he will manage 8.4 million acres of BLM-administered high desert throughout Northern Nevada, including the Black Rock-High Rock National Conservation Area, two field offices and eighty-three full-time employees.
He also will be responsible for issuing Burning Man’s $3 million to $4 million special recreation permit, the largest in the country…
One of the BLM’s greatest tasks in overseeing Burning Man is providing law enforcement resources to ensure that security protocol are followed during the weeks before, during and after the event. Burning Man executives have taken issue with some law enforcement procedures, such as the use of K9 units, the increase in traffic violations and overall , in recent years, cited in the arts nonprofit’s $2.8 million lawsuit against the BLM filed in July. The BLM also is responsible for environmental, health and safety standards at the annual, weeklong event.
Drew’s predecessor, Gene Seidlitz, was reassigned to the BLM state office in 2015 after the BLM came under fire for its unprecedented request that year for a VIP compound at Burning Man, information revealed in a Reno Gazette-Journal investigation in June 2015. Since Seidlitz’s reassignment, the BLM has enlisted several acting officials to oversee the Winnemucca office, including Kenneth Collum, William Mack and Robert Towne.
Drew has little to no experience in land management or geology, but has held various management positions in the U.S. Navy throughout his career. He served as the executive officer for the U.S. Navy’s Southern Command Joint Intelligence Operation Center as well as an Intel officer and an enlisted aviation electronics technician.
Drew received a bachelor’s degree in aeronautics from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, graduating Summa Cum Laude. In April, he also received a master’s degree in criminal justice from Boston University. In addition, Drew volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity and the Humane Society. He also trains dogs for general obedience and to work as service animals for veterans.
Read the full story at the Reno Gazette-Journal.
The position required a Q Security Clearance from the Department of Energy, the highest level – equivalent to TOP SECRET/Sensitive Compartmentalized Information in the military. That would have been no problem for this career Naval Intelligence officer who managed hundreds of personnel in inter-agency teams with the CIA, DIA, DEA, NSA, FBI, BATF, Treasury and others.
Does he seem a little overqualified to manage a desert rave?
Has he been to Burning Man? Did he partake of the sacrament? Do you think he knows there are people on drugs there? Hopefully his interest in animal welfare will encourage him to stop the torture of Police K9s in these abominably dusty and dry conditions, just to entrap a few $1000+ citations to fill the Pershing County coffers while ruining the lives of innocent psychedelic enthusiast Burners.
Interestingly, his rank is not revealed.
“I will be reporting to my next “duty station” in February 2017″…sounds more like he was assigned this post, rather than spontaneously deciding on a career change. It is curious that his resumé says he’s been in the role since February 2016.
From his public LinkedIn profile:
• Increasing degree of responsibility and technical expertise over tenure with United States Navy
• Responsible for the comprehensive supervision and administrative oversight of multiple programs & projects within the global intelligence community / operational & managerial oversight, and assessment of processes and policies
• Facilitated the development and implementation of improvement plans and development of policies and procedures designed to increase efficiency, streamline processes and ensure quality
• Skilled in all aspects of Human Resource Management / supervision & training / scheduling / interviewing / assessment / documentation & compliance / supervised 300+ direct reports
• Innate ability to collaborate and communicate with stakeholders across all departmental, and organizational levels on global scale / advanced interpersonal abilities
• Fostered open communication in cross-functional teams to drive progress while balancing a high volume of competing demands and deadlines / goal driven project management
• Acted as liaison between projects & directives and leadership in the dissemination of highly sensitive intelligence information
• Prepared and presented extensive reporting & documentation to leadership regarding analytical assessments of policies, procedures, and outcomes / prepared & presented briefings to military and other government agency officials / dignitaries both foreign and US
• Aligned training and procedural efforts to goals and increased multi-departmental efficiency and productivity through the implementation of best practice policies & protocol
• Expertise in budget development & strategic planning / asset allocation & prioritization
February 2016 – Present (11 months)Winnemucca, Nevada
I will be reporting to my next “duty station” in February 2017. I couldn’t be more excited about starting a new career in such a fantastic organization surrounded by natures beauty.
February 2013 – July 2015 (2 years 6 months)Miami/Fort Lauderdale Area
Managed new team created to accomplish USSOUTHCOM Commander’s (4-Star) highest priority of combating transnational organized crime. Applied my knowledge, subject matter expertise, tradecraft, and technical competency to formulate a new product line utilizing link analysis charts and current information that directly supports interagency partners such as, but not limited too: Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, Customs and Border Patrol, Drug Enforcement Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, National Security Agency, and Treasury Department), and other 3 letter strategic-level consumers. This ultimately led to the seizure of millions of dollars in assets.
Making tough decisions, created an environment for effective prioritization of work that increased productivity by 300%. Openness to team members led to increased collaboration with peers, interagency partners and seniors alike. Encouraged a skilled set of team members within a high OPTEMPO environment to participate in problem solving to enhance productivity. Delegating priorities and providing clear written and oral communication led to his team leading the organization in productivity and setting a organizational standard of 100% completion rate of all required tasks.
Meticulous Organizational skills; with exceptional attention to detail, created and prioritized the counter transnational organized crime branch’s fiscal year 2014 Budget of $1.2 million. Expertly managed all administrative aspects of his team to include being the certifying official and releaser of $153,625.49 of travel funds. As a mentor and leader, facilitated teams 400% increase in production and 600% increase in evaluations of daily information reports. During this production surge, quality daily information briefs and information assessments continued to receive praise throughout highest levels of leadership. Leadership skills are beyond reproach.
February 2012 – February 2013 (1 year 1 month)Miami/Fort Lauderdale Area
Ran operation center with 5 divisions consisting of a total of 322 personnel from all branches of department of defense armed forces, contractors, army civilians, and defense civilian personnel system employees. Ensured unity of effort through effective oral and written communication, which resulted in all requirements being completed on time and at or under budget. I am a senior executive product review guru; as the Microsoft Office and staff product subject mater expert, I provided solutions and mentoring as needed in order to ensure all staff and informational products were of the highest standards and complied with all applicable guidelines; this kept USSOUTHCOM senior executive leadership with clear situational awareness to make informed decisions for future planning. Maintaining superior situational awareness, I led senior executive working group in prioritizing $750,000 in travel authorization funds. Prioritized and developed 84 travel plans, authorized as certifying official $240,000 worth of travel funds, and provided oversight to the remaining travel funds with zero accounting discrepancies resulting in resources being maximized and all critical travel properly allocated and resourced.
March 2011 – January 2012 (11 months)Miami/Fort Lauderdale Area
Managed 4-star General’s number one priority team. Led multiservice team of Department of Defense, Government Service, and Contractors in successfully collaboration with interagency partners to include Federal Bureau of Investigation, Defense Agency, Central Agency, Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, Drug Enforcement Agency, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, National Security Agency, and US Treasury in combating global priority per POTUS directive. Shows particular aptitude for supervising civilians, Department of Defense contractors, and collaborating with senior officers in a joint, interagency senior executive staff environment. Effectively used creative thinking to leverage limited resources and established a new tracking database which provides an exponentially greater monitoring and tracking capability; result was teams’ productivity level was increased 400%. Created a new bibliography product line used to nominate individuals to the Extraterritorial Criminal travel Strike Force to get global prioritization for limited and critically needed assets into USSOUTHCOM’s area of responsibility.
Held title and executed duties of division training officer ensuring all programs and requirements were met with resounding success. Top mentor in peer group; provided motivation and insight in continued educational programs resulting in three sailors and two soldiers meeting their academic goals. Liaised with National “I” University to get the first ever-video teleconferencing education program at USSOUTHCOM. These efforts have led to multiple degrees being obtained at both the Bachelors and Masters level for many fellow associates.
March 2010 – February 2011 (1 year)Bahrain
Provide all source Indication and Warning and informational products in support of fleet operations. Served as Naval Information Officer for El Basrah Oil Terminal in support of Command Task Group-Iraqi Maritime Forces. Developed numerous threat briefings and informational reports, supporting Operation New Dawn. Led five-person regional analysis division providing indications and warning on over 20 countries and provided all-source analysis for over 30 theater security engagement events. Voluntarily reorganized Naval Central Command’s “I” Directorate’s data entry operating procedures for the Defense Readiness reporting System; resulting in a more accurate reflection of the operational readiness of the N2 directorate’s operational readiness; briefed at the highest senior executive service level.
February 2008 – February 2010 (2 years 1 month)Jacksonville, Florida Area
Developed and executed over 15 operational briefs to increase executive awareness and readiness for upcoming events. Established the command’s classified material program including accepting, cataloging, and tracking over 160 pieces of classified material. Managed intricate details in formulating a 3-day training exercise focusing on specific target acquisition and weapon execution procedures. Planned and developed a multi-country problem integrating multiple assets and real time informational injects with 15 sorties and 30 mishap free flight hours. As the command security manager, supervised the flawless transition of over 200 pieces of classified material during a transition to a new hangar. Supervised the initial installation of all SIPR access for the squadron ensuring security protocols were met, security standards met or exceeded, and over $10M in assets accounted for with zero discrepancies.
April 2007 – February 2008 (11 months)Florida
Attended Officer Training Command Pensacola’s Officer Candidate program which develops civilians, enlisted and newly commissioned personnel morally, mentally, physically and imbues them with the highest ideals of honor, courage and commitment for service as Naval Officers.
Also attended 21-week Naval “I” Officer Basic Course that I satisfactorily completed. I was an active and enthusiastic participant during this course, and consistently demonstrated a strong desire to learn the vast amount of information presented.
November 2006 – April 2007 (6 months)Jacksonville, Florida Area
Maximized resources and expeditiously reduced AIMD’s Training program discrepancies by 50 percent per last conducted Quality Assurance audit. Assisted in the verifying of command Enlisted Distribution and Verification Report on Naval Enlisted Classification qualifications, consequently updating 38 personnel with correct Naval Enlisted Classfication’s for assigned command billets. Efforts resulted in the alignment of billets at command for greater productivity. Utilized knowledge and experience in assisting personnel in preparing Officer Candidate School and Seaman to Admiral packages and preparations for the boards giving outstanding insight to peers and subordinates alike. Revamped the Safety, NAVOSH, General Maintenance Training, and in-rate training requirements for over 800 personnel through proactive Monthly Training Plans, spot-audits, and flexibility in meeting immediate needs of the command. Developed and implemented a new electronic training jacket program reducing man-hours needed to log training by 500 hours quarterly.
April 2005 – November 2006 (1 year 8 months)Jacksonville, Florida Area
Managed three teams of personnel consisting of a total of 47 people in the diagnosis and repair of circuit cards at the micro/min level and fabrication of electronic cable bundles consisting of upwards of 1,000 wires on a regular basis with zero discrepancies. Proactively implemented a cross training curriculum that led to the qualification of six new collateral duty inspectors, a 40% increase in total personal qualified and increased productivity within all three teams. Mentored and contributed to the professional success of peers and subordinates by providing training and instruction that improved in-rate advancement by 60 percent.
April 2004 – April 2005 (1 year 1 month)Kauai Hawaii
Supervised 7 personnel in the completion of scheduled and unscheduled maintenance of five UH-3H aircraft. Secondary duties included Avionics Collateral Duty Inspector, Electrostatic Discharge Petty Officer, and Supply Petty Officer. A recognized expert of the UH-3H aircraft avionics systems; one of only six Non-Pilot Turn Qualified maintainers performed the task of starting the aircraft so maintenance could be performed over 150 times. Trained three coworkers to perform Non-Pilot Turn Qualification, a task paramount to the support of aircraft maintenance and troubleshooting. Ensured the continued success of the Avionics Department by motivating work center personnel to accomplish a goal of zero avionic discrepancies on every aircraft. This leadership directly impacted mission readiness enabling PMRF to execute all critical Pacific Fleet training missions.
Duties: Repaired over 276 aircraft discrepancies, completed 77 non-pilot engine turns, and was a key player in the removal and replacement of 3 UH-3H main gearboxes. His exceptional knowledge of the Naval Aviation Maintenance Program maintenance procedures as well as his meticulous attention to detail were crucial in the completion of six work center audits as well as twelve program audits, ensuring all programs were compliant with all applicable regulations and up to date with documentation. Obtained Electronic Mechanic Journeyman certification through US Department of Labor via US Military Apprenticeship Program.
April 2003 – April 2004 (1 year 1 month)Kauai Hawaii
Perform audits on seven work centers consisting of 200+ personnel performing scheduled and unscheduled maintenance on six UH-3H aircraft. A proven technical expert and team player in the Quality Assurance Team. Demonstrated outstanding trouble-shooting skills from day one. Onboard less than a month, I repaired three major avionic discrepancies and three wire connector repairs consisting of over 50 wires each; restoring two aircraft to fully mission capable status and enhancing overall mission readiness. Achieved exceptional results in Quality assurance, which culminated in Pacific Missile Range Facility’s safe execution of 568 missions, over 800 mishap free flight hours in support of a myriad of exercises and two ballistic missile test launches. As a true team player, assisted Airframe shop in the fabrication of a full set of “rig pins,” allowing rapid test and evaluation of aircraft flight control systems and savings of $2500 to the command.
Other duties included Compass calibrator, explosive egress program monitor, and electro-static discharge program manager.
September 1998 – March 2003 (4 years 7 months)Jacksonville, Florida Area
Managed and lead team of 8 associates who performed scheduled and unscheduled maintenance on commination, navigation, and computer systems on 8 aircraft. Recognized expert on all avionics systems whose knowledge of complex avionics and ability to troubleshoot and repair difficult discrepancies resulted in intensive repairs on 3 computers, 8 radar systems, and 4 communication improvement program modifications. These repairs were instrumental in restoring aircraft to full mission capable status. Personally selected to repair 3 elusive avionics discrepancies with over 100 man-hours of repair time already invested. All 3 repairs were personally diagnosed and repaired within 24 hours. Poised professional whose dedication to the command and ability to motivate subordinates had an immediate and positive impact on the command’s morale and readiness. Conducted numerous training sessions for junior personnel, resulting in an increase in work center personnel qualifications. Contributes to work center production, maintenance safety, and program compliance.
Other duties included: Support equipment petty officer, electro-static discharge petty officer, training petty officer, and moral welfare and recreation petty officer. Completed tasks in a timely manner with minimal supervision. Repaired numerous avionic system repairs reduced workload by 30% for Avionics work shop. During critical manpower shortages in the work center, recognized by leadership for going above and beyond to ensure all requirements were met.
MET CJ650 TERRORISM B
MET CJ725 FOREN BEHAV ANL A-
MET CJ702 ANALYTIC METHDS A
MET CJ602 CRIMINOLOGY B
MET CJ625 VICTIMOLOGY A-
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Activities and Societies: Alpha Phi Sigma – Criminal Justice Honor Society
- (Open)1 organization
2003 – 2007
Bachelors degree, Professional Aeronautics, Graduated Summa Cum Laude
Activities and Societies: I was an active duty service member in the US Navy working full time while attending classes.
Volunteer Experience & Causes
April 2003 – November 2005 (2 years 8 months)
I was certified by the Red Cross.
August 2011 – Present (5 years 5 months)Children
Judge competitions and provide mentorship to high-school level cadets.
March 2008 – Present (8 years 10 months)Poverty Alleviation
Prepare and serve meals on a quarterly basis along side my fellow Masonic Lodge members.
July 2004 Poverty Alleviation
Organized and led a group of volunteers to renovate a community building used to host non-profit group meetings to include AA, NA, and other civic minded groups. Renovation took 4 days and over 200 man hours. Renovation included new roof and screens installation. Re-painting and pressure cleaning was also done of this 1250 square foot building.
March 2011 – February 2013 (2 years)Children
Provide mentoring and of an at risk
Starting September 2007
Starting March 2016
This RAND Corporation document describes the relationship between the Department of Defense, the Southern Command, and the other agencies tasked with the “War on Drugs” – aka CTOC (Counter-Transnational Organized Crime):