Jennifer C. Buck was selected to be the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs (Resources) in July 1994. Ms. Buck serves as the key advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs in all financial management and resourcing matters relating to the Reserve components. In this capacity, she oversees Military Personnel, Operations & Maintenance, Military Construction, and Procurement appropriations which total nearly $34.3 billion in FY 2005. She is also responsible for managing the resources of the Reserve Affairs staff.
Since 1985, Ms. Buck has been a member of the Reserve Affairs staff, serving as Coordinator, Guard and Reserve Programs, and as the Director, Program & Budget. Prior to her assignment to the Office of the Secretary of Defense staff, she served as the Budget Officer for the Defense Contract Audit Agency from November 1983 to March 1985. Ms. Buck was the Chief, Civilian Manpower Budget Branch for the Naval Material Command from March 1981 to November 1983, coordinating the manpower budgets of more than 200,000 Navy civilians. She also was the Budget Officer for the Army National Guard from September 1979 to March 1981, responsible for all aspects of programming, budgeting and execution for the Army National Guard pay and operations appropriations. Ms. Buck began her federal career as a Management Intern (a precursor to the Presidential Management Intern program) at the Naval Sea Systems Command in July 1974. She served as a civilian manpower analyst at NAVSEA and at the Joint Cruise Missiles Project Office until September 1979.
Born in Bethesda, Maryland, Ms. Buck is a rare native of the Washington metropolitan area. She graduated from the University of Virginia, and has done graduate work at George Washington University and George Mason University. She is the 2004 recipient of the Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Excellence from American University, and a 2000 Presidential Rank Award, Meritorious Executive.