Secretary of Defense William Perry has announced the
designation of Rear Adm. John M. Luecke, U.S. Navy, as the Naval
representative on the Reserve Forces Policy Board, retroactive to
May 1, 1996. Luecke currently serves as the director, Strategy
and Policy Division, in the office of the Chief of Naval
Operations, Washington, D.C.
The 24-member board was created by Congress in 1952. Acting
through the assistant secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs,
the board serves as the principle policy advisor to the Secretary
of Defense on reserve component matters. Members include the
assistant secretary responsible for Reserve Affairs from each of
the military departments, and active and reserve component
general and flag officers representing all Services, including
the Coast Guard.
Admiral Luecke started his career as a A-6 Intruder pilot
flying with Attack Squadron 196 off the USS Saratoga. His career
since has spanned more than 27 years and covered a variety of
positions including aviation, staff, operations and command at
all levels. His decorations include the Legion of Merit, four
Meritorious Service Medals, 15 Air Medals, three Navy
Commendation Medals with Combat 'V, and numerous other campaign
and service medals.
Luecke and his wife, Margaret, have four children, Crystal,
Coreen, John and Jim.