Mr. Etzinger currently serves as the Executive Officer of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). He began his service at SAMHSA on June 21, 2011. His first assignment was as the Deputy Director for the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, a position which he held until January 1, 2013. At that time, Mr. Etzinger stepped in as the Acting Director for the Office of Policy, Planning, & Innovation, holding that position until June 1, 2013. From June 2, 2013 until August 22, 2015 Mr. Etzinger served as the Director of the Office of Management, Technology and Operations. Prior to his time at SAMHSA, he served nearly 26 years in various assignments within the U.S. Department of the Army. He has been a member of the Senior Executive Service since August 2007.
Mr. Etzinger entered civil service as a project engineer at the Night Vision Laboratory, Fort Belvoir, Virginia in 1985. He continued working in positions of increasing responsibility for the Department of the Army; moving from Virginia, to Detroit, to Alaska, to Washington D.C., and finally to Maryland.
In addition to his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, Mr. Etzinger holds a Master’s degree in Business Management from Michigan State University, and a Master’s degree in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
Mr. Etzinger is a member of the Acquisition Corp and is certified Level III in Program Management, Test & Evaluation, and Systems Planning, RDT&E. He is the recipient of numerous service and performance awards including the Superior Civilian Service Award, the Achievement Medal for Civilian Service, and the Desert Shield/Desert Storm Medal.