Mr. Stewart was sworn in as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower and Reserve
Affairs on October 22, 2018. In this capacity, Mr. Stewart serves as the principal advisor to the
Secretary of Defense and the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness on all
matters relating to Civilian and Military Personnel Policies, Reserve Integration, Military
Community and Family Policy, and Total Force Planning and Requirements. Additionally, he
exercises day-to-day supervision of the Department of Defense Education Activity and the
Defense Commissary Agency.
Prior to beginning his tenure as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower and Reserve
Affairs, Mr. Stewart served as the Economic Development Committee Chair, North Carolina
Military Affairs Commission by appointment of Governor Pat McCrory. In that position he
provided advice, counsel, and recommendations to the General Assembly, the Secretary of
Military and Veterans Affairs, and other state agencies on initiatives, programs, and legislation
that would increase the role that North Carolina’s military installations, the National Guard, and
Reserves play in America’s defense strategy.
Mr. Stewart retired from the United States Air Force as a Major General after 37 years of service
in the active and reserve components. He is a command pilot with over 4,700 hours of flight
time with experience in five different air frames. During his military service, Mr. Stewart held
leadership positions at the unit, group, wing, Major Command, and Office of the Secretary of
Defense levels. His last military position was in the Office of the Secretary of Defense serving
as the Military Executive Officer for the Reserve Forces Policy Board.
Mr. Stewart is a distinguished graduate of the Auburn University ROTC program and holds a
Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology/Criminology from Auburn University. He also holds a
Master of Science degree in General Administration from Central Michigan University and a
Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College, Fort
McNair, Washington D.C.