Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen has announced the designation of Maj. Gen. Michael E. Dunlavey as the Army Reserve member of the Reserve Forces Policy Board effective Dec. 1, 1997. Dunlavey currently serves as assistant deputy chief of staff for Intelligence (IMA), Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, 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 principal 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.
Born in Buffalo, N.Y., the general's military career spans more than 30 years in both the active Army and Army Reserve. Following his Reserve Officers Training Corps commission in June 1967, he attended the infantry course at Fort Benning, Ga., and the aerial intelligence officer course at Fort Holabird, Md. His military experience includes service as an intelligence officer, a variety of staff and operations positions, and several command billets before assuming his current position in October 1995.
Dunlavey holds a bachelor's degree in law from Notre Dame as well as a juris doctor in law from the Buffalo Law School, State University of New York. He has also completed numerous military schools including Command and General Staff College, the National Security Management Course, Army War College and the Senior Officer Components Course.
Dunlavey's military decorations including the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, and Meritorious Unit Commendation.
In civilian life, Dunlavey is a trial attorney with the firm of Dunlavey, Ward and Pagliari in Erie, Pa.