John "Jack" Badstibner served in the Federal Civil Service supporting the Department of Defense (DoD) for over 37 years, retiring as a General Schedule-15 (Colonel equivalent).

Born in McKeesport Hospital in 1960 to Jack and Judy Badstibner, the family moved to Elizabeth Township from White Oak in 1967 where he grew up with his siblings Sharon (Gary) Hagen (EF class of 1981) and Jim Badstibner (EF class of 1986).

Upon graduation, he began dating his future wife, the former Ellen Angeloff (EF Class of 1979) while attending the Pennsylvania State University. During his junior year there, he was offered a cooperative education opportunity in accounting with the DoD. He graduated from Penn State University in 1983, earning a Bachelor degree with a dual major in accounting and finance and a minor emphasis in economics. With a year of work experience in government accounting, he accepted a permanent position in the Defense Logistics Agency that started his career.

During his career in DoD, Badstibner served in many Defense agencies including the DLA in 1981 under the Reagan administration, followed by a short period in the Defense Information Systems Agency (1990-1991), then the newly formed Defense Finance Accounting (1991-2001) and finally the US Army.

Badstibner augmented his skills and knowledge with numerous professional certifications from institutions including the Advanced Leadership Certificate-Army Management Staff College, Project Management Certificate-Toledo University, Project Management Professional-Project Management Institute, Certified Information Security Manager–Information Systems Audit and Control Association, Certified Software Quality Engineer-American Society of Quality, Software Process Improvement Implementation and Software Engineering Process Management Certificates-Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon and level 3 certification in Information Technology Software Engineering Process Management-Defense Acquisition University.

His management career started as a Payroll Chief right out of college followed by succession into Managerial Accounting, Voucher Examination and Chief of Internal Auditing and the Deputy, Accounting and Finance Officer (AFO). DLA-HQ provided him the opportunity to move to the DLA Systems Automation Center where he became a principle working on improving and modernizing the Managerial Accounting module of DLA's integrated Business Management System that included Payroll, Managerial & General Ledger Accounting and Personnel System functionality. Badstibner was part of a team that developed a way for adding more Defense organizations onto a common system. He was instrumental in assisting the newly formed Defense Finance and Accounting Service to adopt the DLA Financial System and to plan an approach encompassing all of the DoD financial systems to transition to a common basis supporting one set of financial reports.

Badstibner was then chosen as a principal member of a team tasked with implementing the Federal Financial Manager's Integrity Act where DoD's existing accounting systems would be reduced from over 500 to 11 systems. He used his extensive business process reengineering skills to successfully transition a plethora of DoD organizations to a common Business Management System. The DFAS accounting system consolidation/modernization effort and experience provided him with the skills, abilities and reputation to be chosen as part of the Executive Office of the President (EOP) implementation team where components of the DoD system were implemented. He was then chosen to be the technical Project Manager creating the Resource Analysis Decision Support System which successfully automated the DoD Unit Cost concepts/policy underlying the Defense Business Operations Fund and eventually the Defense Working Capital Fund. The RADSS used an innovative multi-platform architecture and process design in 1997 and was awarded as a runner-up DoD Automation Project of the Year. Badstibner's last DFAS project was as a DFAS Year 2000 (Y2K) project manager working with all financial systems that interfaced across DoD and with external entities such as the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), the Federal Reserve and the Office of Manpower and Budget (OMB).

In 2001, he had the opportunity to serve the US Army-Europe with the 21st Theater Support Command in Kaiserslautern, Germany. The September 11th attacks occurred two months after arrival and he managed an organization that sustained standard Army supply and maintenance systems supporting Operation Enduring Freedom which began in 2001, Operation Iraqi Freedom which began in 2003 and the Surge beginning in 2007. The aging Army Systems needed improved methods and tools to extract data more quickly for analysis, decision support and reporting for item managers of both the Army and Air Force commands.

His last position before retiring was representing the Army Net Centric Data Services – Center of Excellence implementing HQDA-CIO/G6 Data Management and Architecture best practices and policy across all domains of the army enterprise. He led the Architecture and Data Services team that provided the Enterprise Reference Architecture, Data Strategy and Management tenets and Tactical Data Link Standards encompassing the evolving cyber policy, procedures and requirements.

Badstibner and his wife (Ellen) will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary next year (August 2023). They have a daughter, Emily Badstibner, a son, Matthew Badstibner, and two grandchildren: Jamaal and Caiden. Badstibner continues to be active in community service including youth sports coaching, Boy Scouts of America leader positions with his son and now with his grandsons, various leadership and positions of responsibility in church and as a part of the advisory committee for the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives providing views/opinions of the issues challenging Pennsylvania.