Obama nominates DOD assistant secretary for readiness and force management

2012_09_frederickvollrath Frederick Vollrath

President Obama has nominated Frederick Vollrath to be assistant secretary of defense for readiness and force management after serving as the principal deputy in the same office.

Vollrath is a retired lieutenant general who served two years as U.S. Army deputy chief of staff for personnel. He retired in 1998 after a 35-year military career.


After retirement, he started his own consulting firm, Vollrath Consulting, and was previously a vice president of human resources at Computer Sciences Corporation.


Mr. Frederick E. Vollrath was appointed as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Readiness and Force Management on March 26, 2012. In addition, he is performing the duties of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Readiness and Force Management (ASD(R&FM)).

Mr. Vollrath is responsible for all matters related to civilian and military personnel policy, readiness of the force, military community and family policy and diversity management and equal opportunity. Additionally, Mr. Vollrath provides oversight of subordinate activities, including the day-to-day supervision of the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) and Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA).

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Vollrath accumulated over 40 years human resource management and executive leadership experience, including information technology management, organizational development, business transformation, business development and strategic planning. He last served as the President of Vollrath Consulting, providing human resource consulting to businesses and government organizations with emphasis on strategic level efficiencies and business growth. He also served as the Vice President of Human Resources for Computer Sciences Corporation, a Fortune 150 information technology services company, from 1999 – 2006, leading global human resource management through the establishment of policy and programs to align operations with corporate business strategy; development of human resources strategy and implementation plans; and consolidation of human resource operations into a centralized leveraged services organization.

Mr. Vollrath retired from the U.S. Army in 1998 in the rank of Lieutenant General after serving 35 years in human resource management command and staff positions. He last served as the U.S. Army’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel (G-1), where he directed all aspects of human resources management and administration for the total Army.

Mr. Vollrath holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from the University of Miami and a Master of Arts in Personnel Management from Central Michigan University. He is a Professional Member, Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM); a member of the Senior Executives Human Resources Round Table, UCLA; past member of the Advisory Board for California State University in Dominguez Hills; Co-chair of the Army Chief of Staff Retiree Council; and President of the Maude Foundation.

His military awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, and Army Commendation Medal.

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