|Brown Sworn in as Army Assistant Secretary|
Brown Sworn in as Army Assistant Secretary
Army News Service
Washington D.C. -- (ANS), July 31, 2001 -- Reginald J. Brown took the formal oath of office today as assistant secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs.
Secretary of the Army Thomas J. White administered the oath during a ceremony in his Pentagon office.
White said he had three criteria for selecting his assistant secretary:
"The first criteria was that whoever we picked had to love the Army," White said, adding that the person "needed to understand the culture of the Army."
Brown was a West Point instructor when White attended the academy in the mid 1960s. Brown also served in the 1st Cavalry Division in Korea; the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Lewis, Wash.; and in Vietnam with the 82nd Airborne Division and Advisory Team 44.
"The second quality that I thought was important was he had to understand how the government worked," White said. "We're moving very, very fast and there's no time to spin up."
Under the last Bush administration, Brown served as the assistant administrator, Near East, in the U. S. Agency for International Development. He managed foreign aid programs in various countries of North Africa and the Middle East. Earlier he had served as assistant administrator for the Program and Policy Coordination Bureau, which managed the agency's budget and policy process. Brown also has a master's degree in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Third, White said he wanted someone who understood how the private sector worked.
Until last month, Brown was president of Meridian International, Inc., a security consulting firm.
"We're not as disciplined with manpower as people tend to be in the private sector, where they need to make every penny count," White said.
The White House nominated Brown June 12 and he was recently confirmed by the Senate.
After reciting the oath of office, Brown said he does love the Army and hopes that he can make a difference and make life easier for soldiers.
He said the oath reminded him of one he took 44 years ago on the plains of West Point. He said it's been a "long and arduous journey" since then, but he now finds himself "back home again" with the Army.
Brown will be responsible for a number of roles in his new position, according to Col. Mary Torgerson, executive officer, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower and Reserve Affairs).
"He reports to the secretary of the Army," Torgerson said. "He is responsible for readiness, mobilization and deactivation, National Guard and Army Reserve policy..."
Among his areas of responsibility are Department of the Army organization and force structure, training and education, recruiting and advertising, military compensation, military and civilian manpower and personnel policy and health affairs.
Brown has been working at the Pentagon since July 17.
Brown began his public service in 1961 as an Infantry officer and served for a decade. In the military world, he is remembered for his work as executive director of the President's Commission on Military Compensation, which in April 1978 gave President Jimmy Carter recommendations for revamping military pay and benefits.
From 1982 to 1989, Brown was a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies where he engaged in defense and economic issues. Before that, Brown served a number of government positions, including: executive director of the President's Commission on Military Compensation, principal analyst at the Congressional Budget Office, associate director of the Defense Manpower Commission, and as deputy administrator of the Office of Food in the Cost of Living Council.