Thomas F. Hall became the nation's fourth assistant secretary of defense for reserve affairs during a Pentagon ceremony today. Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz administered the oath of office.
President George W. Bush nominated Hall to be the assistant secretary of defense for reserve affairs and the Senate confirmed Hall on Oct. 2, 2002. President Bush signed the appointment order Thursday.
Hall has an extensive background in the Navy and in reserve issues. He formerly served as the director of Naval Reserve, retiring from active duty in 1996 as a rear admiral. After his military career he became the chief operating officer and executive director of the Naval Reserve Association.
As the assistant secretary of defense for reserve affairs, Hall serves as the principal staff assistant to the under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness and the secretary and deputy secretary of defense. He is a responsible for the overall supervision of all Reserve component affairs in the Department of Defense.