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Mr. Lernes J. Hebert is assigned to the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, Personnel and Readiness, serving as the Principal Director, Military Personnel Policy, in the office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Military Personnel Policy. Mr Hebert has served in Military Personnel Policy since August 2003 and provides oversight for the human resource policies impacting the sustainment of the all-volunteer-force for the Department of Defense. During his tenure, Mr. Hebert led the Department through major initiatives to restructure career longevity provisions, joint officer management and most recently, general and flag officer management.
Mr Hebert holds a Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College, National Defense University, and a Master of Arts degree in Management and Computer Resource Management from Webster University. He is a graduate of the University of Louisiana with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management.
Mr. Hebert retired from the United States Air Force after 24 years of service in the rank of colonel. He served at every level in the field of personnel management to include key assignments in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Air Staff, at the Air Force Personnel Center, and with Air Combat Command.
Awards include 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.