Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower and Reserve Affairs)

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United States
Assistant Secretary of the Army
(Manpower and Reserve Affairs)
Flag of the Assistant Secretary of the Army.gif
Debra Wada.jpeg
Debra S. Wada

since October 2, 2014[1]
Website Official Website
Seal of the Office of the 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."[2] "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.[3] 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.[4]

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.[5] 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.[5]

Past Secretaries

Picture Name Assumed Office Left Office President Appointed By Secretary Served Under
William K. Brehm[6] 1968 1969 Lyndon B. Johnson Stanley Rogers Resor
Donald G. Brotzman 1975 1977 Gerald R. Ford Martin R. Hoffman
Harry N. Walters[7] 1981 1983 Ronald Reagan John Otho Marsh, Jr.
Delbert Spurlock[8] 1983 1989 Ronald Reagan John Otho Marsh, Jr.
G. Kim Wincup[9] 1989 1992 George H. W. Bush Michael P. W. Stone
Robert S. Silberman[10] 1992 1993 George H. W. Bush Michael P. W. Stone
Sara E. Lister 1994[11] November 1997[12] Bill Clinton Togo D. West, Jr.
Patrick T Henry.gif Patrick T. Henry[13] 1998 2001 Bill Clinton Louis Caldera
Reginald J Brown.jpg Reginald J. Brown[14] August 2001 January 2005 George W. Bush Thomas E. White, Francis J. Harvey
Ronald J James.jpg Ronald J. James[15] October 2006 2009[16] George W. Bush Francis J. Harvey, Pete Geren
Lamont-250.jpg Thomas R. Lamont[17] June 26, 2009 October 1, 2014 Barack Obama Pete Geren, John M. McHugh
Debra Wada.jpeg Debra S. Wada[18] October 2, 2014 Present Barack Obama John M. McHugh


  1. [1]
  2. 10 U.S.C. § 3016(a)
  3. 10 U.S.C. § 3016(b)
  4. Website of the OASA(MRA)
  5. 5.0 5.1 History of ASA(M&RA) from website
  6. Robert K. Griffith, Jr., The U.S. Army's Transition to the All-Volunteer Force, 1968-1974 (Center of Military History, 1997), p. 44
  7. Secure Symbology Profile
  8. "Wounded Vets on Government Agenda?", NPR, Dec. 21, 2007
  9. "G. Kim Wincup '66 Appointed Chairman of Defense Department's Reserve Forces Policy Board", DePauw University website
  10. Nomination of Robert S. Silberman To Be an Assistant Secretary of the Army", June 15, 1992
  11. The White House, "President Names Three to Uniformed Service Posts", Jan. 24, 1994
  12. Sam Fulwood III and Paul Richter, "Army's Top Woman Quits Position Under Heavy Fire", L.A. Times, Nov. 15, 1997
  13. "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
  14. Last Roll Call from Westpoint
  15. Profile of James from Dept. of the Army
  16. See April 2009 Memo from James
  17. Profile of Lamont from Dept. of the Army
  18. Profile of Wada from Dept. of the Army