Charles S. Abell was sworn in as the assistant secretary of Defense for Force Management Policy on May 8, 2001, at the Pentagon. Abell is responsible for the policies, plans and programs for military and civilian personnel management, including recruitment, education, career development, equal opportunity, compensation, recognition, discipline and separation of all Department of Defense personnel.
Previously Abell served as a professional staff member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. He also served as an active duty Army officer, retiring after 26 years and achieving the rank of lieutenant colonel. He holds a masters degree in Human Resource Management from Columbus University and a bachelors from the University of Tampa. His military awards include the Legion of Merit, two Bronze Stars (Valor), the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal (with four oak leaf clusters), 14 Air Medals (two for valor), the Army Commendation Medal (for Valor) and the Combat Infantryman's Badge.