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Paige Hinkle-Bowles

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Civilian Personnel Policy)
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Paige  Hinkle-Bowles

Ms. Paige Hinkle-Bowles, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Civilian Personnel Policy. Her responsibilities include policy and oversight of civilian personnel plans, policies and programs that affect over 740,000 defense employees worldwide. Ms. Hinkle-Bowles portfolio spans the full spectrum of the Human Capital Lifecycle to include: talent acquisition, development and sustainment, performance management, strategic workforce and succession planning, leader development and Senior Executive Service Leadership Programs and the Civilian Expeditionary Workforce (CEW). Ms. Hinkle-Bowles is also responsible for policies and program guidance for the Department’s 136,000 non-appropriated funded employees worldwide.   

Prior to this appointment Ms. Hinkle-Bowles served as the Principal Director to the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Civilian Personnel Policy. In this role, she supported the Deputy Assistant Secretary in formulating plans, policies and programs to manage the Department of Defense civilian workforce effectively and efficiently.

Ms. Hinkle-Bowles served as the Deputy Director of Force Management Policy, Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower, Personnel and Services, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., with responsibility for establishing force management policies for more than 675,000 Air Force military and civilian personnel.

Ms. Hinkle-Bowles entered federal civil service in 1989 as a Strategic Air Command intern at Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D. She has held a variety of positions throughout the Air Force and Department of Defense, to include serving as Director of the Regional Personnel Center for U.S. Air Forces in Europe; Civilian Personnel Officer at RAF Mildenhall, England; Deputy Director for Human Resources in the DOD Program Executive Office, National Security Personnel System; and Director of the Air Force Senior Executive Management Office.

Ms. Hinkle-Bowles earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from Texas A&M University and her Master of Arts degree in political science and public administration from Midwestern State University.  Her professional military education includes Squadron Officer School in-residence, and she is a graduate of the Senior Executive Fellows Program at Harvard University.