Senior Assistant Secretary of
the Army Reginald Brown Retired January 28, 2005
By Eric Cramer
Army News Service
WASHINGTON (Army News Service Jan 31, 2005) --
Reginald Brown, assistant secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve
Affairs, retired in a Jan. 28 ceremony.
Brown had served as assistant
secretary, a position next in the chain of command after the Undersecretary of
the Army, since July 12, 2001.
During his time as assistant secretary, he
served as a member of the Department of Defense National Security Personnel
System Overarching Integrated Product Team, helping transform the DoD civilian
personnel system. Brown helped design, develop and implement NSPS.
joined the Army after graduating from West Point in 1961, and served in the Army
until 1971. During his time in the Army he earned a master’s degree in public
administration from the Kennedy School at Harvard
Following his military
service, Brown held a variety of positions in and out of government
“The biggest change I’ve seen during my time is the volunteer
Army,” Brown said. “The volunteer Army is head and shoulders above the draft
Army. It’s more motivated, better educated and trained, and I don’t think it has
an equal out there. I couldn’t always say that.”
As for his own
accomplishments, Brown singled out his work in 1979 with the President’s
Commission on Military Pay.
“That helped us see the difference between
the tools people use for recruitment and retention in the real world, and the
tools we use here in the Department of Defense,” Brown said.
learned to see the “big picture.”
“It helped me set my mind for working
here. A lot of people focus on solving just their own problems, without
realizing that fixing their problem might affect someone else – that was a
powerful lesson I took from that experience,” he said.
Brown also served
with the U.S. Agency for International Development during the President George
H. W. Bush’s administration.
“It taught me the importance of foreign aid,”
Brown said. “ I got to see the many facets of how our government accomplishes
its foreign policy objectives. Sometimes an effective foreign aid is worth four
He said this lesson served him well in a number of
situations, and the Army as a whole has learned the same lesson.
Army itself recognized the value of aid-like things,” Brown said. “In this
asymmetric warfare today, we have to deal with the full spectrum; people,
families, food – its not just taking out combat units anymore.”
said he is still evaluating what he will do in retirement, but he has no
“I’ve enjoyed my service here. It’s been a rare privilege to
serve the way that I have.”
Upon his retirement, Brown received the Army
decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service, the Department of the Navy
Distinguished Public Service Award and the Department of Defense Outstanding
Public Service Award.