Kaarlo J. Hietala, Jr.

Kaarlo J. Hietala is the founder and President of Liuos Thinking, Inc., which is a VA Certified, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB).  Liuos Thinking is a company dedicated to providing solutions to challenges relating to Logistics, Homeland Security/Defense and Operations to the federal government and private sector.  Kaarlo provides executive-level strategic advisory services to Liuos Thinking clients.  He drives the current mission agenda for the company and is the visionary behind its focus on Logistics, Homeland Security and Operations.

Kaarlo J. Hietala has served in numerous leadership positions with increasing levels of responsibility.  Kaarlo is retired Lieutenant Colonel from the US Army with 21 years of active military service and is a recipient of the Legion of Merit and Bronze Star Medal.  His key assignments included G3, Operations Officer for the 53rd Troop Command; Deputy Director of Logistics for the New York Army National Guard; Commander, 24th Weapons of Mass Destruction (Antiterrorism) Civil Support Team in Brooklyn, NY; 42nd Infantry Division Logistical Officer in Tikrit, Iraq; and Commander, 2nd Weapons of Mass Destruction (Antiterrorism) Civil Support Team in Scotia, NY.  During his military career he served in numerous assignments within the United States, as well as overseas.

He began his military career in 1989 enlisting in the Army Reserve as a Combat Engineer.  He earned his Commission as an Infantry Officer from Siena College’s ROTC program.  Kaarlo also received an Army branch qualification as an Ordnance Officer.  During his career in the military he served in a variety of Logistical, Homeland Security and Operational assignments.  He earned a Masters of Strategic Studies from the US Army War College and is a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College.
 

Career Highlights

 

Logistics:

  • Deputy Director of Logistics for all logistical functions of a 10,500 Soldier force. (2011 – 2013)

    • Deputy Director of Logistics for the New York Army National Guard during Hurricane Sandy where he oversaw the life support of up to 5,000 service members who provided emergency assistance to affected residents.

    • Deputy Director of Logistics for the New York Army National Guard during Hurricane Irene where he oversaw the life support of up to 1,500 service members who provided emergency assistance to affected residents.

 

  • Contract Manager (Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOGCAP)) for the 42nd Infantry Division during Operation Iraqi Freedom III in Tikrit, Iraq. (2004 – 2005)

    • Proficiently managed a $555 million dollar LOGCAP contract that supported 23,000 Soldiers living on 24 Forward Operating Bases, 6 Patrol Bases and 3 Retransmission Sites.  He was accountable for life support of service members to include shelter, bathroom, shower, laundry, food, fuel, water and power generation.
       

Operations:

  • Division Operations Officer, G3, 53rd Troop Command in Peekskill, NY (2013 -2014)

    • Operations Officer for the 53rd Troop Command, with over 4,100 assigned Soldiers within New York State.  He ensured that 35 subordinate units were capable of mobilizing and deploying in support of combat operations and stability and support operations anywhere in the world on 30 days’ notice.  He successfully oversaw the plans, resources and conduct of training for all subordinate commands.  He also served as director of operations for domestic operations.

       

 

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