MR. LERNES J. HEBERT
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Personnel Policy &
Principal Director for Military Personnel Policy
Mr. Hebert oversees the full spectrum of human resource policies impacting the sustainment of the all-volunteer force for the Department of Defense. As the Principal Director for Military Personnel Policy, a component of the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, his responsibilities include accessions, compensation, development, separations, personnel analytics and defense travel policies.
Mr. Hebert has served in Military Personnel Policy since August 2003. In his tenure, he led the department through major initiatives to restructure career longevity provisions, joint officer management, and general and flag officer management.
He previously served in the Air Force, and after a 24-year military career, he retired as a colonel. He served at every level in the field of personnel management, including key assignments in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, in the Air Staff, at the Air Force Personnel Center and with the Air Combat Command.
He was awarded the Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service, Defense Superior Service medal, Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, and the Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster for his years of service and leadership.
Mr. Hebert earned a Master of Science in national security strategy from the National War College at the National Defense University. He also holds a Master of Arts in management and computer resource management from Webster University. He attended the University of Louisiana, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in management.