Director, Force Education

Mr. Robert H. Smiley is currently the Director for Force Education, in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Readiness.  He was appointed as a member of the Senior Executive Service in February 2005.  He directs a staff of senior civilians and officers who set and oversees policy governing the department’s efforts to provide personal and professional education and services to the military and civilian work force.   Mr. Smiley develops, analyzes, recommends and advocates for policies, programs and budgets in support of financial literacy and readiness, voluntary education opportunities, and professional military education.

CAREER CHRONOLOGY:

  • Dec 2015-Present: Director, Force Education, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Readiness, Washington, DC
  • May 2009-Dec 2015 Principal Director, Readiness, Training, & Mobilization, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, Washington, DC
  • Feb 2005– May 2009: Director, Reserve Affairs Integration, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower and Reserve Affairs), Washington, DC
  • Jun 2003 – Feb 2005: Assistant Deputy for Training, Readiness, Mobilization, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower and Reserve Affairs), Washington, DC
  • 1997 – 2003: Director of Mobilization, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, Washington, DC
  • 1994 – 1997: Director, Policy and Liaison, Office of the Chief, Army Reserve, Washington, DC
  • 1993 – 1994: Director, Training and Deployments, J3, US Southern Command, Panama
  • 1992 – 1993: Central American Engineer, Office of the Engineer, US Southern Command, Panama
  • 1987 – 1992: Reserve Component Coordinator, Deputy Chief of Staff Operations, United States Military Academy, West Point, NY
  • 1983 – 1987: Executive Officer, 854th Engineer Battalion, Newburgh, NY
  • 1982 – 1983: S1, 854th Engineer Battalion, Kingston, NY
  • 1978 – 1982: Commander, Company B, 854th Engineer Battalion, Newburgh, NY
  • 1976 – 1978: Executive Officer, Company B, 854th Engineer Battalion, Newburgh, NY
  • 1974 – 1976: Executive Officer, Headquarters Battery, 4/62 Air Defense Artillery, Ft. Bliss, TX
  • 1973 – 1974: Platoon Leader, D Battery, 2/44 Air Defense Artillery, Korea
  • COLLEGE:

  • MBA (Management), Long Island University, West Point, NY, 1992
  • Bachelor of Environmental Health Science, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, 1972
  • Associate of Applied Science, Agriculture Business, State University of New York, Cobleskill, NY, 1970
  • SIGNIFICANT TRAINING:

  • APEX, 2014
  • Leadership at the Peak, 2008
  • US Army War College, 1997
  • US Army Command General Staff College, 1981
  • PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS:

  • Association of the United States Army
  • Reserve Officers Association
  • Military Officers Association of America
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