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Under Secretary of the Army

The United States Under Secretary of the Army is the second-highest ranking civilian official of the United States Department of the Army, serving directly under the United States Secretary of the Army. The Secretary and Under Secretary, together with two military officers, the Chief of Staff of the United States Army and the Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army, constitute the senior leaders of the United States Army.

The following officials report to the Under Secretary of the Army: the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower and Reserve Affairs), the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Installations, Energy and Environment), the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works), the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology), the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Financial Management and Comptroller), and the General Counsel of the United States Army. There are also two Deputy Under Secretaries of the Army who assist the Under Secretary in his tasks.

The current Under Secretary of the Army is Joseph W. Westphal.


The office was created in 1947 as part of the general reorganization of the United States Armed Forces occasioned by the National Security Act of 1947. The office was initially styled "Under Secretary of War" and was created by Department of War General Order 67, dated July 25, 1947.[1] Three weeks later, on August 16, 1947, Department of War Circular 225 redesignated the position as "Under Secretary of the Army".[2]

List of Under Secretaries of the Army

The following men have held the post:[3]

Name Tenure start Tenure end
William Henry Draper, Jr. September 1947 February 1949
Gordon Gray May 1949 June 1949
Tracy Voorhees August 1949 April 1950
Archibald S. Alexander May 1950 April 1952
Karl R. Bendesten May 1952 October 1952
Earl D. Johnson October 1952 January 1954
John Slezak February 1954 January 1955
Charles C. Finucane February 1955 April 1958
Hugh M. Milton II August 1958 January 1961
Stephen Ailes February 1961 January 1964
Paul Robert Ignatius February 1964 December 1964
Stanley Rogers Resor April 1965 July 1965
David E. McGiffert November 1965 February 1969
Thaddeus Beal March 1969 September 1971
Kenneth E. BeLieu September 1971 June 1973
Herman R. Staudt October 1973 May 1975
Norman Ralph Augustine May 1975 July 1977
Walter B. LaBerge July 1977 February 1980
Harry Spiro, Jr.[4]
James R. Ambrose October 1981 February 1988
Michael P. W. Stone May 1988 August 1989
John W. Shannon August 1989 November 1993
Joe R. Reeder November 1993 November 1997
Robert M. Walker November 1997 October 1998
Bernard D. Rostker November 1998 May 2000
Gregory R. Dahlberg May 2000 March 2001
Les Brownlee November 2001 December 2004
Raymond F. DuBois February 2005 February 2006
Pete Geren February 2006 July 2007
Nelson M. Ford July 2007 January 2009
Joseph W. Westphal September 2009 present


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