Director, Strategy and Innovation

H. Edmond Miles assumed the duties of director of Strategy and Innovation within the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy in January 2012. As director, Mr. Miles is responsible for assessing and reviewing existing Military Community and Family Policy programs to identify issues, deficiencies and opportunities for improvement in order to justify, defend and negotiate solutions to better serve the needs and desires of the military community. Strategy and innovation efforts inform Defense Department policy and provide internal and external forums for stakeholder feedback, synergy and collaboration on transformation and innovation initiatives.

Prior to accepting his assignment at Military Community and Family Policy, Mr. Miles served as the deputy chief, services division for Headquarters Air Combat Command, U.S. Air Force. In this capacity, he provided executive leadership and oversight of hospitality, recreational, business and family-oriented programs and services at 13 Air Combat Command installations. He formulated plans, policies and procedural guidance for programs that included both congressionally appropriated and user-generated nonappropriated funds. Mr. Miles’ career with the Air Force spans 31 years and includes a variety of assignments at installations, major commands, headquarters and the Air Force Services Agency in San Antonio, Texas. He has served as installation services director at bases across the U.S. and overseas, culminating with his assignment as the deputy chief, services division, Pacific Air Forces. There he provided policy and oversight for hospitality, recreation and family programs and services at nine installations across the Pacific Rim.

Mr. Miles is the recipient of the General Curtis E. LeMay Award for Outstanding Morale, Welfare and Recreation Operation in the Air Force, the Air Training Command Award as Outstanding Morale, Welfare and Recreation Chief, and the Air Education and Training Command Outstanding Senior Civilian Manager Award. He also received four Air Force Meritorious Civilian Service Awards, an Air Force Exemplary Civilian Service Award, a Pacific Air Force Command and Air Combat Command General Michael P.C. Carns Services Award and more than 25 additional program and performance awards.

Mr. Miles is a 1974 graduate of Old Dominion University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in health and physical education, cum laude.

The Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy is directly responsible for programs and policies, which establish and support community quality-of-life programs for service members and their families worldwide. This office also serves as the focal point for coordination for a broad range of quality-of-life issues within the Department of Defense.