Ms. Kathy Aydt became the deputy garrison commander of U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria in May 2011. From Oct. 31, 2011-Jan. 17, 2012, Ms. Aydt served as the acting garrison commander of USAG Bavaria, which was formerly known as USAG Grafenwoehr.
Prior to coming to Grafenwoehr, Ms. Aydt was the chief of strategic communications for the Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management and the Installation Management Command. She previously held the position of chief, Center for Future Plans for Installation Management.
Prior to that, she was the J4, director of Logistics and Contracting, for the Joint Interagency Task Force South, where she provided logistic support to tactically deployed interagency forces and provided BASOPS support to the headquarters complex.
Ms. Aydt began her career as a Department of Army civil servant on July 22, 1985. She spent three years (1986-1989) as a civil servant for the U.S. Air Force at Howard Air Force Base in the Republic of Panama, followed by six years with the U.S. Army Garrison in Panama.
Her areas of expertise include resource management & programming, budget execution, BASOPS Support, and logistics and contracting. Ms. Aydt has gained a unique perspective by working at multiple command levels in the USSOUTHCOM area of responsibility including garrison, Atlantic Command, Combatant Command and the Joint Interagency Task Force.
Early in her career, Ms. Aydt entered a Department of Army Internship Program specializing in the management analysis field. She continued her professional development through the Army Management Staff College Leadership Program by attending in residence the Sustaining Base Leadership and Management Program, and completing the Civilian Leader Development Core Curriculum. She has extensive training in Malcolm Baldrige Criteria and served as a Department of the Army evaluator from 1996-1997.
Most recently she graduated from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces Senior Service College in residence, where she earned her second master’s degree in National Resource Strategy. She also holds a Master of Business Administration from Nova University, where she was honored as the valedictorian. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Radford College, Radford, Va.
Concurrent with her Department of Defense career, Ms. Aydt has benefited from other unique experiences including: administering a home school high school in Key West, Fla., for 20 students (2004-2009), and working as a licensed real estate agent in Florida from 1998-2000.
Ms. Aydt’s awards include: Department of Army Superior Civilian Service Award, Department of the Army Commander’s Award for Civilian Service, and Department of the Army Achievement Medal. Ms. Aydt is married with her husband, Kenny. Her son, Cody, attends college in Florida.