Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld announced that Craig W. Duehring has been selected as the principal deputy assistant secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, effective July 23, 2001.
Duehring will serve as the senior deputy to the assistant secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs in policy development and overall supervision of the Reserve forces of the armed forces of the United States. He will be the chief staff advisor to the assistant secretary for all functional areas and responsibilities assigned to the office.
Previously, Duehring served on the Bush-Cheney Transition Team and the Department of Defense Transition Team. He was the executive director of the Patrick Henry Center for Individual Liberty, a non-profit patriotic organization based in Fairfax, Va. Duehring was the endorsed Republican candidate for the Minnesota 2nd Congressional District in 1998.
Duehring holds a bachelor of science in history and sociology from Minnesota State University at Mankato and a master of science in counseling and guidance from Troy State University. He is a 28-year military veteran, retiring as a colonel in the U.S. Air Force in February 1996.
He is a decorated combat pilot, completing over 800 missions during the Vietnam War. His final military assignment was as the U.S. air attach to the Republic of Indonesia.