Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower and Reserve Affairs)
Assistant Secretary of the Army
(Manpower and Reserve Affairs)
The Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower and Reserve Affairs) — abbreviated ASA(M&RA) — is a civilian official in the United States Department of the Army.
U.S. law provides that there shall be five Assistant Secretaries of the Army "appointed from civilian life by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate." "One of the Assistant Secretaries shall be the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs. He shall have as his principal duty the overall supervision of manpower and reserve component affairs of the Department of the Army. Pursuant to United States Army General Order No. 3, the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower and Reserve Affairs) supervises Army strategy, policy, programs, and compliance related to functions such as recruiting, readiness and mobilization, civilian and military manpower, medical and health affairs, family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, the review of soldier records, force structure policy, manpower analysis, the Army-wide Equal Employment Opportunity Program and critical matters pertaining to Reserve Affairs.
The office can be traced to 1950, when United States Secretary of the Army Gordon Gray decided to centralize manpower issues for civil, military, and reserve personnel under one individual, with the position being elevated to Assistant Secretary when manpower issues proved to be a problem during the course of the Korean War. The office was then abolished in 1961, with its duties transferred to the Office of the Under Secretary of the Army, but then re-established - this time by statute - in 1968.
|Picture||Name||Assumed Office||Left Office||President Appointed By||Secretary Served Under|
|William K. Brehm||1968||1969||Lyndon B. Johnson||Stanley Rogers Resor|
|Donald G. Brotzman||1975||1977||Gerald R. Ford||Martin R. Hoffman|
|Harry N. Walters||1981||1983||Ronald Reagan||John Otho Marsh, Jr.|
|Delbert Spurlock||1983||1989||Ronald Reagan||John Otho Marsh, Jr.|
|G. Kim Wincup||1989||1992||George H. W. Bush||Michael P. W. Stone|
|Robert S. Silberman||1992||1993||George H. W. Bush||Michael P. W. Stone|
|Sara E. Lister||1994||November 1997||Bill Clinton||Togo D. West, Jr.|
|Patrick T. Henry||1998||2001||Bill Clinton||Louis Caldera|
|Reginald J. Brown||August 2001||January 2005||George W. Bush||Thomas E. White, Francis J. Harvey|
|Ronald J. James||October 2006||2009||George W. Bush||Francis J. Harvey, Pete Geren|
|Thomas R. Lamont||June 26, 2009||October 1, 2014||Barack Obama||Pete Geren, John M. McHugh|
|Debra S. Wada||October 2, 2014||Present||Barack Obama||John M. McHugh|
- 10 U.S.C. § 3016(a)
- 10 U.S.C. § 3016(b)
- Website of the OASA(MRA) Archived January 7, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
- History of ASA(M&RA) from website Archived February 12, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
- Robert K. Griffith, Jr., The U.S. Army's Transition to the All-Volunteer Force, 1968-1974 (Center of Military History, 1997), p. 44
- Secure Symbology Profile
- "Wounded Vets on Government Agenda?", NPR, Dec. 21, 2007
- "G. Kim Wincup '66 Appointed Chairman of Defense Department's Reserve Forces Policy Board", DePauw University website
- Nomination of Robert S. Silberman To Be an Assistant Secretary of the Army", June 15, 1992
- The White House, "President Names Three to Uniformed Service Posts", Jan. 24, 1994
- Sam Fulwood III and Paul Richter, "Army's Top Woman Quits Position Under Heavy Fire", L.A. Times, Nov. 15, 1997
- "DefenseWeb Names Former Assistant Secretary of Army to Board of Directors; Honorable Patrick T. Henry Brings over 20 Years of Defense Department, Army Personnel & Health Services, and Private Sector Experience to the Post", Business Week, Apr. 25, 2005
- Last Roll Call from Westpoint
- Profile of James from Dept. of the Army Archived December 8, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
- See April 2009 Memo from James
- Profile of Lamont from Dept. of the Army Archived February 12, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
- Profile of Wada from Dept. of the Army