Acting Principal Director

Dave Julian was designated as acting principal director for the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy on May 25, 2016. As acting principal director, Mr. Julian is responsible for assisting and advising the deputy assistant secretary on policies, program issues and other matters that influence military member and family strength and resiliency.

Before assuming his duties as acting principal director, Mr. Julian served as senior advisor to the deputy assistant secretary of defense for Military Community and Family Policy. He also served as the director of the Office of Personal Finance and Transition in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy, with responsibility for policies and programs that helped directly support both the personal financial readiness of troops and families through education, awareness, counseling and protections, and their successful transition from military service. This included execution of not only the Department of Defense Financial Readiness Campaign and many of its initiatives such as Military Saves, On-Demand financial support, and the Personal Financial Counselor Program, but also the Department of Defense Transition Assistance Program. Mr. Julian is a Navy veteran who retired in June 2009 as a commander after 22 years of faithful service. As a Navy nuclear propulsion engineer and qualified surface warfare officer, he served on both nuclear and non-nuclear ships ranging from frigates to aircraft carriers to large-deck amphibious ships. His shore assignments included lead instructor and course coordinator at Damage Control Assistant School in Newport, Rhode Island, head of Officer Professional Development, OPNAV N131, in the District of Columbia, and associate director of Office of Family Policy, Military Community and Family Policy.

While in uniform at Military Community and Family Policy, Mr. Julian also served as director of the Department of Defense Military Severely Injured Center. There, he led a multiagency team of representatives from the departments of Veterans Affairs, Labor, Homeland Security (Transportation Security Administration) and Defense (Office of the Secretary of Defense and the military services) to ensure the center could meet the non-medical needs of military families of severely wounded service members who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

His awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Commendation Medals, Sea Service Deployment Ribbons, the Overseas Service Ribbon and various unit, campaign and service/expeditionary medals.

Mr. Julian is a 1987 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in mathematics, a qualified nuclear engineer through the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, and a 2004 graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces/the Eisenhower School with a Master of Science in national resource strategy.

The Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy is directly responsible for programs and policies, which establish and support community quality-of-life programs for service members and their families worldwide. This office also serves as the focal point for coordination for a broad range of quality-of-life issues within the Department of Defense.