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Charles E. Milam

Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for M&RA


Mr. Charles E. (Chuck) Milam assumed the duties as Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower and Reserve Affairs in May 2016. He reported to the Office of the Secretary of Defense in March 2011 to serve as the Principal Director and Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy.

A member of the Senior Executive Service, he is responsible for all matters relating to Civilian and Military Personnel Policies, Reserve Integration, Military Community and Family Policy, Total Force Planning and Requirements, the Department of Defense Education Activity, the Defense Commissary Agency and the Armed Forces Retirement Homes. He has led numerous innovative and transformative efforts as Chair of the Department of Defense Task Force on Common Services for Service Member and Family Support Programs, the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission’s Quality of Life Working Group and the ASD/M&RA Strategic Initiatives Group. Additionally, he has spearheaded the Department’s efforts to promote wellness and resilience among Service members and families through the Healthy Base Initiative demonstration pilot.

Mr. Milam holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business and management from the University of Maryland, a Master of Science degree in international relations from Troy State University, Ala., and a Juris Doctor degree from British-American University, Colo. He is a graduate of the Air War College, the Federal Executive Institute, and the Defense Leadership and Management Program.

Mr. Milam began his career with civil service in 1980; since that time he has held several Air Staff level, major command and base-level positions in Morale, Welfare and Recreation, Services and Installation and Logistics organizations. His assignments have included Pirmasens and Zweibrucken Army posts, Lindsey Air Station and Ramstein Air Base, all located in Germany; Langley Air Force Base, Va.; Vance Air Force Base, Okla.; Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.; Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, D.C.; the Pentagon; and the U.S. Air Force Academy and Headquarters Air Force Space Command. Mr. Milam also served as the Air Force's representative on the U.S. Olympic Committee Board of Directors from July 1998 through November 2003 and was the Air Force's adviser to the U.S. Olympic Committee. Prior to his current assignment in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Mr. Milam was Director, Air Force Services, Headquarters Air Force.

Mr. Milam is a two-time recipient of the Air Force Services Senior Civilian Manager of the Year award. Other awards and honors include the Exemplary Civilian Service Award, Meritorious Civilian Service Award (seven awards), the Armed Forces Recreation Society Executive Fellow Award, and the American Logistics Association Distinguished Service Award for Excellence. He is also a 2014 inductee into the International Military Community Executives Association (IMCEA) Hall of Fame for personal excellence and leadership in support of Morale, Welfare, and Recreation. In 2015, he was named as a finalist for the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal in Career Achievement by the Partnership for Public Service.