Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Force Education and Training

Mr. Charles (Fred) Drummond serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Education and Training in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Readiness. In this role, he oversees the development of policies and plans for military training and education. His responsibilities include Service and joint training policy, cyber training policy, joint professional military education, training capability modernization, and enabling access to the land, air, and sea live training domains. Mr. Drummond leads several voluntary education programs to include Troops to Teachers and the Tuition Assistance program. He is responsible for policy and oversight of financial readiness and to educate the force on the new Blended Retirement System. He also leads the Defense Language and National Security Education Office in their efforts to recruit, train, sustain, and enhance language and culture capabilities to ensure national security and readiness. Mr. Drummond oversees the Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative to encourage collaboration among federal agencies, facilitate interoperability, and promote best practices for using distributed learning to provide the highest-quality, cost effective education and training programs. He also oversees DoD’s Licensing and Credentialing policies to assist Service members in effectively translating their military skills and experience into the civilian workforce.

Prior to joining OSD, Mr. Drummond was responsible for Navy’s strategy, policy, resource allocation and execution oversight for all officer, graduate, and voluntary education programs on behalf of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education) (N1).

A career Naval Officer, Mr. Drummond served in a variety of operational and staff billets. As a Naval Flight Officer flying in the EA-6B and in the USAF EF-111A, Mr. Drummond deployed across the globe conducting combat and peacetime operations. Non-operational tours included assignments in education, training and manpower. Mr. Drummond’s military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Air Medal (1 individual and 7 Strike/Flight). He is a graduate of Virginia Tech and received a Master’s of Political Science from Auburn University of Montgomery.

Mr. Charles (Fred) Drummond
Mr. Charles (Fred) Drummond