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THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE ARMY
Manpower & Reserve Affairs
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ASA (M&RA) LEADERSHIP

Honorable Debra S. Wada
Assistant Secretary of the Army Manpower and Reserve Affairs
Ms. Debra S. Wada currently serves as the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower & Reserve Affairs), responsible for the supervision of the manpower, personnel and Reserve Component affairs for the Department of Army. She serves as the Army's point person for policy and performance oversight of human resources (military, civilian and contractor), training, readiness, mobilization, military health affairs, force structure, manpower management, equal opportunity, equal employment opportunity and other critical matters as part of the Army leadership. She was appointed to this position on October 2, 2014.
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Mr. Karl F. Schneider
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army
(Manpower & Reserve Affairs)
Office of the Secretary of the Army
Washington, D.C.
Mr. Karl F. Schneider serves as the Senior Official and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs.
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SGM Tamara Gregory
Sergeant Major (Manpower and Reserve Affairs)
As the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the ASA M&RA since 26 August 2013, SGM Gregory is primarily responsible for providing advice, guidance, and recommendations on policies that affect the total force for all Active, Guard, and Reserve components.
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Honorable Debra S. Wada

Hon. Debra S. Wada

Assistant Secretary of the Army
(Manpower & Reserve Affairs)

Ms. Debra S. Wada currently serves as the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower & Reserve Affairs), responsible for the supervision of the manpower, personnel and Reserve Component affairs for the Department of Army. She serves as the Army's point person for policy and performance oversight of human resources (military, civilian and contractor), training, readiness, mobilization, military health affairs, force structure, manpower management, equal opportunity, equal employment opportunity and other critical matters as part of the Army leadership. She was appointed to this position on October 2, 2014.

Prior to this appointment, Ms. Wada served as a Professional Staff Member on the U.S. House of Representatives’ Armed Services Committee, a position she held since 1999. Ms. Wada served as the lead staff member for the Subcommittee from 2007 to 2010, and briefly served as Deputy Staff Director for the Committee in 2011. In 1999, Ms. Wada served as a Legislative Affairs Specialist for the National Park Service. Previously, Ms. Wada served as a Legislative Assistant for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka, acting as the Senator’s principal aide on national defense, veterans’ affairs, maritime issues, education, Social Security and welfare.  

Ms. Wada earned a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Drake University, and is a graduate of the Naval War College.

 
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Karl F. Schneider

Mr. Karl F. Schneider

Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army
(Manpower & Reserve Affairs)
Office of the Secretary of the Army
Washington, D.C.

Mr. Karl F. Schneider currently serves as the Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower & Reserve Affairs), responsible for the supervision of the manpower, personnel and Reserve Component affairs for the Department of Army. He serves as the Army's point person for policy and performance oversight of human resources (military, civilian and contractor), training, readiness, mobilization, military health affairs, force structure, manpower management, equal opportunity, equal employment opportunity and other critical matters as part of the Army leadership.

He also serves as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower & Reserve Affairs), with a date of appointment of July 5, 2009. In this position, Mr. Schneider provides oversight of all planning, analysis and assessment support to the ASA (M&RA), and serves as a principal advisor on Total Force manpower and personnel policy.

Prior to this appointment, he served as the Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1 from October 2006, where he assisted the Army G-1 in managing Army officers, Soldiers, civilians and personnel plans and programs.

Mr. Schneider’s first position in the Senior Executive Service began in October 1997 when he was appointed as the Deputy Assistant Secretary (Army Review Boards), and Director of the Army Review Boards Agency. He was responsible for the oversight and operations of 10 Army personnel boards, including the Army Board for the Correction of Military Records, the Army Discharge Review Board, and the Army Clemency and Parole Board.

Mr. Schneider earned a B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University, a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, and his LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center. His principal awards include the Presidential Rank Award – Distinguished Executive in 2011, the Presidential Rank Award – Meritorious Executive in 2001, and the Secretary of the Army Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service in 2006 and 2000.

 
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SGM Tamara Gregory

Sergeant Major
(Manpower and Reserve Affairs)

SGM Gregory assumed the duties as the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs on 26 August 2013. This position is the most senior Enlisted position within the Adjutant General's Corps. She is primarily responsible for providing advice, guidance, and recommendations on policies that affect the Enlisted force for all components (Active, Guard and Reserve).

SGM Gregory enlisted in the United States Army in 1986 and attended Basic Training at Fort McClellan, Alabama and attended Advanced Individual Training at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts Degree in Management from Liberty University.

SGM Gregory has held a variety of leadership positions: Chief, Enlisted Promotions Branch, Military Police Branch Sergeant Major, Military Intelligence Branch Sergeant Major, Equal Opportunity Advisor, Secretary of the Combined Joint Staff, Sergeant Major, Senior Human Resource Manager, NCOIC, S-2/3, Senior Small Group Leader, Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course and Small Group Leader, Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course, Drill Sergeant School Instructor, Basic Training Drill Sergeant, NCOIC, Secretary of the General Staff.

Her duty assignments include: Human Resources Command, Fort Knox, Kentucky, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, Scott AFB, Illinois, Multi-National Force-Iraq, Baghdad, Iraq, Office of the Chief of Staff Army, Washington, DC, 516th Personnel Service Battalion, Camp Coiner, Korea, NCO Academy, Fort Jackson, South Carolina, Drill Sergeant School, Fort Benning, Georgia, 2/39th Infantry Battalion, Fort Jackson, South Carolina, V Corps, Heidelberg, GE.

Her military education includes all levels of the Noncommissioned Officer Education System to include the Sergeants Major Academy, Force Modernization Course, Lean Six Sigma – Green Belt Course, Equal Opportunity Advisor Course, Equal Opportunity POSH Supervisor/Managers Course, DOD Mediation Course, Battle Staff Course, Drill Sergeant Course, Instructor Training Course, Security Manager Course, and the Master Fitness Trainer Course.

Her awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (5OLC), Army Commendation Medal (4OLC), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (8OLC), National Defense Service Medal (2nd Star), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal (9th Award), Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 4), Overseas Ribbon (Numeral 2), Korean Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Army Staff Identification Badge, Drill Sergeant Identification Badge, and the Drivers Badge.

She has two sons Justin and James.

 
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