Fergus Paul Briggs
F. Paul Briggs is a Senior Program Analyst federal contractor recently assigned to support the Reserve Forces Policy Board (RFPB). In this position, he provides analysis of organizational structure, processes, rules, policies and statutes relative to the Reserve Forces Policy Board, in the context of the public law, with the goal of creating a more effective and streamlined organization and optimal workflow processes. In addition to statutory requirements under Title 10, and governance, this includes compliance under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) Management Program. He also provides operational support to the RFPB, including budget preparation and execution; resources management, skills assessment, facilities planning, and requirements development...
A retired Marine Corps Colonel, Mr. Briggs was born, in Pocatello, Idaho. He graduated from Idaho State University with a BA in Government and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1972. Assigned to Marine Air Control Squadron 23, Third Marine Aircraft Wing in California, he was an air defense control officer, primarily involved in radar control of fighter and anti-aircraft missile operations. He was released from active duty in 1975, and continued his Marine affiliation in various Reserve assignments, including a tour with Marine Air Control Squadron 24, Fourth Marine Aircraft Wing, Denver, CO from 1983-85. He achieved command and control ratings as a weapons controller, senior weapons director and senior air director. He was promoted to First Lieutenant in 1974, to Captain in 1977 and to Major in 1983. Briggs returned to full-time active duty in 1985, with later selection to career status in the Marines' Active Reserve Program.
Briggs' was assigned as Training and Programs Officer at Headquarters Marine Corps (Reserve Affairs), Washington, DC from 1985-87. He was heavily involved in the Marine Corps Reserve Roadmap to the Future, which improved recruiting training and equipping of the Marine Corps Reserve, consistent with the Total Force Policy... From 1988-91 he was assigned as Executive Officer, Reserve Support Unit at Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, CA. During Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, 1990-91, he led large-scale mobilization and demobilization efforts as Deputy Commander of Mobilization Training Command there. From 1991-95, he was assigned to Headquarters, Fourth Marine Division (Reinforced), and later reassigned to Marine Forces Reserve Headquarters, both located in New Orleans, LA. There, he held key leadership positions in operations, training and plans. He played a key role in establishing the then new Marine Forces Reserve Headquarters, its mission, functions and organization. As Force G-3 Operations Officer, he implemented cross element training exercise and employment planning and execution that incorporated automated financial management and resulted in improved Reserve support to the Active component. As Assistant Chief of Staff G-5 Plans, he led efforts to fund better equipment for Marine Corps Reserve Unit. This resulted in more expansive use of NGREA funding from Congress. He also spearheaded Marine Corps Reserve efforts in The Base Realignment and Closure Commission 1995. These efforts resulted in preserving unit readiness and avoiding millions in relocation and new unit stand up costs. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in 1989 and to Colonel in 1995.
From 1996-99, he was assigned as School Head and Deputy Director at Marine Corps University, Quantico, VA. There, he helped establish a College of Continuing Education and establish an accredited Masters Degree program, and he led Joint Chiefs of Staff final accreditation for the Marine Corps Command and Staff Nonresident Program. From 1999-2000 he was a Branch Head for Marine Corps Reserve Personnel Plans and Policy, managing budgets, recruiting, training and retention for over 39,000 drilling Reservists and 60,000 Individual Ready Reservists nationwide. In 2000, he was assigned as Senior Marine Advisor and Deputy Director of Readiness, Office of the Secretary of Defense (Reserve Affairs). There, he worked in coordination with the Services and the Joint Staff on blueprinting the Reserve Components' roles in the nation's future military strategy and force structure. He coordinated National Guard and Reserve input to the Quadrennial Defense Review 2001 Report He also coordinated Guard and Reserve positions on national strategic level planning documents, including The Defense Planning Guidance, European Defense Planning, the Unified Command Plan, the Contingency Planning Guidance, the Transformation Planning Guidance and the Nuclear Posture Review. He developed and coordinated the Department of Defense response to a contentious General Accounting Office study of Army integration initiatives for the National Guard and Reserve. He also coordinated input to a follow-on report to the QDR on the Guard and Reserve, as well as developing a Reserve Components chapter for the Secretary of Defense Annual Defense Review for Congress.
During his military career, Briggs received numerous physical fitness awards, and was an inter-service team selection and competitor on the U.S. NATO Military Pentathlon Team during 1980-85. He completed the Air Force Reserve Command and Staff Course, the Joint Services Staff College Reserve Course and numerous Marine Corps staff planning courses. He is a 1988 graduate of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, a 1996 graduate with an MA in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, and received a certificate in national security studies from the National Defense University. His personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legions of Merit with gold star, and the Meritorious Service with gold star, the Naval Commendation Medal, the Naval Achievement Medal, the Office of Secretary of Defense Staff Badge, as well as numerous service medals and unit citations.
Following military retirement, Mr. Briggs served in the career civil service from 2002-2010. This included two years as a special assistant, one year as Deputy Director of Operations and Programs and five years as Director Office of Agency Management and Budget, Veterans, Employment and Training (VETS), United States Department of Labor. He authored white papers and served on cross Department committees producing reports on licensing, certification and credentialing of military skills in the civilian workplace; improving employment services in the nation's rural areas; and supporting the employment needs of military spouses and families. He was on the implementation team for the 2002 Jobs for Veterans Act, and he led implementation of the Transition Assistance Program employment workshops at overseas U.S. Bases. He also served as Designated Federal Officer and Acting Chair for The Advisory Committee on Veterans' Employment and Training and Employer Outreach. For management accomplishments, he received twelve Secretary of Labor exceptional service awards.
His wife, Gina Marie Briggs, is a federal civil service officer in requirements and contracting at the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Quantico, VA. She is a retired Major, Air Force Reserve, with over 26 years of active and reserve service.