Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Safety and Occupational Health)

Mr. Jimenez is the principal staff advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Readiness on all matters pertaining to safety and occupational health and its impact on total force readiness. He oversees the Department of Defense’s (DoD) safety and occupational health programs and policies to include aviation, ground, motor vehicle, and afloat. Mr. Jimenez is the lead for integrated safety assessment and reporting, trend analysis, mishap reduction and mitigation activities, and the Force Risk Reduction system, which is the key management tool to monitor DoD mishaps and trends. Mr. Jimenez also oversees the DoD Safety Management Center of Excellence, which supports DoD organizations, units, and activities to achieve a comprehensive world-class Safety and Occupational Health program.

Mr. Jimenez previously served as Director Operational Safety responsible for aviation, ground, and afloat safety. Prior to this assignment, Mr. Jimenez was Deputy Director, Force Readiness within the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Force Readiness) where he focused on near-term strategic and operational readiness of the Armed Services, developing and overseeing policies and programs to ensure the U.S. military was ready to perform the missions assigned by the President and Secretary of Defense. Mr. Jimenez also previously served as the Deputy for Readiness at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency where he tracked the Agency’s ability to counter and deter Weapons of Mass Destruction and Improvised Threat Networks. Prior to his federal civilian service, Mr. Jimenez was in the United States Army where he experienced several deployments in support of the Global War on Terrorism as a CH-47 pilot.

Mr. Jimenez received his bachelor’s degree in Systems Engineering from the United States Military Academy and his master’s degree in Aeronautics from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. He and his wife Ellie have four children, Connor, Grace, Gabriella, and Caroline.

Ricardo J. (R.J.) Jimenez

Ricardo J. (R.J.) Jimenez