Mr. Michael L. Rhodes
Director of Administration and Management
The Secretary of Defense appointed Michael L. Rhodes to serve as the Director of Administration and Management (DA&M) on March 25, 2010.
Prior to his appointment, since June 21, 2008, Mr. Rhodes led as the Acting DA&M and Director of Washington Headquarters Services (WHS). Since November 2006, he held dual responsibilities as both the Deputy DA&M and Director of WHS.
As the DA&M, Mr. Rhodes is the principal staff assistant to the Secretary of Defense responsible for: advising on organizational and management matters for the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) and Department of Defense (DoD) leaders; overseeing the DoD Freedom of Information program, Privacy programs, Civil Liberties Officer responsibilities, Historical program, and Information Technology/Chief Information Officer programs for the OSD; the Pentagon Force Protection Agency - professionals providing Antiterrorism, Security and Law Enforcement for the Pentagon and numerous DoD-occupied facilities in the NCR; WHS, a 1,300-employee, $1.3 billion DoD Field Activity that oversees management of the Pentagon, DoD leased space and DoD administrative services within the National Capital Region (NCR), and recently completed a $5.5 billion Pentagon Renovation and Construction Program; and the DoD Consolidated Adjudications Facility at Fort Meade, Maryland, which oversees operations related to personnel security determinations for the DoD.
From 2002 to 2006, Mr. Rhodes served as Assistant Deputy Commandant for Manpower & Reserve Affairs (M&RA), Headquarters, United States Marine Corps. In that capacity, he assisted the Deputy Commandant in the operations and management of the M&RA Department, its programs, plans, policies and studies, ensuring integration of its many diverse functions towards accomplishment of the Marine Corps mission.
Other assignments include: Advisor to the Commander of the United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM), Miami, Florida; Business Analyst in the Public-Private Venture program at the U.S. Army Community and Family Support Center, Alexandria, Virginia; Business Consultant for the U.S. Army Pacific Community and Family Activities Division, Fort Shafter, Hawaii; General Manager of Club Operations at West Point, New York for the U.S. Military Academy; Community and Family Activities Program Specialist, HQ Staff, U.S. Army Alaska, Fort Richardson, Alaska (serving the three Army installations in Alaska); Chief of Community Operations at Fort Richardson, Alaska; and Financial Analyst for the Director of Personnel and Community Activities, HQ Staff, U.S. Army Alaska.
Mr. Rhodes received a Master of Business Administration degree from Chapman College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Western Kentucky University. Mr. Rhodes is also a graduate of the Army Management Staff College. His civilian and military awards and decorations include the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive, the Department of the Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Award, the Joint Meritorious Civilian Service Award, two Department of the Army Meritorious Civilian Service Awards, two Department of the Army Commanders Awards for Civilian Service, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Air Assault Badge, and the Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award. Mr. Rhodes served four years active duty with the U.S. Army and has been a member of the Senior Executive Service since October 2000.
Mr. William E. Brazis
Deputy Director of Administration and Management
William (Bill) E. Brazis has devoted nearly 30 years of service to our Nation. He began as a Presidential Management Intern and has since served in a variety of key leadership capacities in the Department of Defense - including as a financial manager, attorney and now director of a complex headquarters component of DoD. He was appointed to his current dual positions in 2010, and has served in senior executive level positions since 1999.
As Director of WHS, a field activity of DoD, he provides critical and wide-ranging services to OSD, the Joint Staff, Military Departments, Defense Agencies, Congress, and the White House. Managing a total budget of nearly $1.2 billion annually, Bill leads nearly 4,000 civilian, military and contractor personnel in providing a full range of facilities, security, information technology, communications, human resources, contracting, and financial services that support nearly 100,000 DoD personnel in the National Capital Region.
As Deputy Director, Administration and Management (DA&M), Mr. Brazis serves the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, DA&M staff, and OSD staff in directing and supporting the organization and management of the Department of Defense. He is a key advisor and leader in resource management, personnel management, and operations in the Pentagon. He also oversees security and communications for senior DoD officials, and emergency management and force protection for the Pentagon and other key sensitive DoD facilities.
Bill earned his Juris Doctorate, with honors, from the University of Maryland School of Law; Masters of Public Administration from the University of Delaware; and BA from McDaniel College.