Senior Leadership Biographies

Mrs. Jessica L. Wright
Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness

Secretary Jessica L. (Garfola) Wright was selected to serve as Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness on January 1, 2013.  Previously, she was confirmed as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs on May 24, 2012...

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Mr. Richard O. Wightman, Jr.
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs

Major General (Ret) USA, Richard (Rich) O. Wightman Jr. is the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs. He is responsible for all matters of the Office of Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs as they relate to the men and women of the Guard and Reserve.

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Command Sergeant Major John D. Gipe
Senior Enlisted Advisor Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs

Sergeant Major Mike Schultz is the tenth Senior Enlisted Advisor assigned to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs. He is responsible for advising the Assistant Secretary and staff on enlisted affairs which affect over 1.1 million military service members of the National Guard, Army Reserve, Air National Guard , Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard Reserve forces. He serves as the Chairman of the Department of Defense Reserve Forces Senior Enlisted Advisory Council and is on the Department of Defense Yellow Ribbon Advisory Board.

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Mr. John T. Hastings
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs (Resources)

Mr. John Hastings is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD) Reserve Affairs for Resources. In this role, he serves as the principal staff assistant and advisor to the ASD (RA) on all matters pertaining to the DoD Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution System (PPBES), and to Reserve component resource management. He coordinates the overall activities of the OASD/Reserve Affairs staff in the planning, programming and budgeting processes, and interactions with the six...

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Mr. Paul D. Patrick
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Reserve Affairs (Readiness, Training & Mobilization)

Paul D. Patrick joined the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs in September 2010, following his retirement as a Major General from the US Army Reserve. He serves as the principal staff assistant and key advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs with specific responsibility for exercising policy, guidance and overall supervision in the areas of Reserve Component readiness, training, operations, mobilization, force mix, capabilities, sustainability...

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Mr. Ronald G. Young
Director (Family and Employer Programs and Policy)

Director Ron Young is a career senior executive service member hired into his position on June 7, 2010. Mr. Young is the principal staff advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs on all matters involving Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, Yellow Ribbon Program, and Individual and Family Programs for the 1.2 million members in the Reserve Components of the United States Armed Forces...

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Mr. Jason W. Forrester
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Reserve Affairs (Manpower & Personnel)

Jason W. Forrester serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Manpower and Personnel) in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Reserve Affairs). Jason is responsible for Reserve component manpower, personnel, compensation, and medical matters, as well as multiple related functions that support the 1.1 million members of the National Guard and Reserve...

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Mr. Matthew P. Dubois
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Reserve Affairs (Materiel & Facilities)

Mr. Dubois is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Materiel and Facilities in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs. In this role, he serves as the principal staff assistant and advisor to the ASD (RA) on all matters pertaining to the equipping and basing of the Reserve components. He is responsible for developing and exercising policy guidance and overall supervision of National Guard and Reserve...

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