Ms. Nancy E. Weaver
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense
Brief Summary of Current Duties:
Ms. Nancy Weaver is the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (ADASD), Warrior Care Policy. As the ADASD, she serves as the focal point for interaction with the Services on policy and issues affecting wounded, ill and injured care coordination for active, reserve and guard personnel. She also formulates DOD strategic plans, programmatic objectives, policies and standards to improve care, management and transition of recovering service members and their families.
2013 – Present, Acting Principal Director, Wounded Care Policy; 2012- 2013, Special Assistant; 2011-2012 Director, Personnel Readiness and Risk Reduction; 2005 – 2011, Director, Defense Language Office; 2003-2005 – Special Assistant, Base Realignment and Closure; Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness), Department of Defense, Arlington, VA; and 2001-2003,Chief, Air Force Training and Requirements, Headquarters Air Force (HAF) Pentagon, Washington, DC
Most Significant Career Accomplishments:
Prior to her selection as Acting Principal Director, Ms Weaver was the Special Assistant to ASD(R&FM) where she was directly involved in planning, directing, and evaluating programs and plans impacting civilian and military personnel policy, readiness, military and veteran communities, family policy, DOD K-12 schools and defense commissaries. Ms Weaver was also instrumental in establishing a new Personnel Readiness and Risk Reduction office. She advised the Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness) on efforts to ensure ready and responsive military forces by identifying and promoting policies/programs to enhance the Total Force readiness by reducing risk behaviors. As the Director, Defense Language Office and DOD Senior Language Authority, she provided leadership and direction to military services, agencies, OSD, Joint Staffs, and combatant commands for language, regional and cultural policies and programs. As the Special Assistant, BRAC, she directed a 90-person multi-service team of senior military, civilian, and contractor personnel to analyze the impact for flying and specialized skills and collective training. Final results lead to 9 proposals with a cumulative 20-year net present value saving of $1.32B. Ms. Weaver served in the U.S. Air Force and retired as a Colonel after serving at unit, installation, Major Command and Headquarters levels. Her last assignment was Chief, Air Force Training and Requirements where she developed USAF policy, programmed resources and resolved USAF issues for all officer and enlisted training and requirement programs over $13.9B dollars and tens of thousands of manpower positions covering over 300 Air Force specialty career fields through the personnel and training panel, as well as supervised the daily management of a $2.9B annual training budget.
Mr. Guy A. Stratton
Special Assistant to Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense
Mr. Stratton joined the Warrior Care Policy office on May 9, 2012 as the Special Assistant to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Warrior Care.
Mr. Stratton was appointed into the Senior Executive Service in January 2010. He served as the Principal Director to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, Manpower and Personnel and was responsible for manpower and personnel policy supporting the 1.2 million members of the Guard and Reserve.
Mr. Stratton assisted with policy development and oversight of individual medical readiness, recruiting and retention, special pays and bonuses, management of the Individual Ready Reserve, Reserve officer promotions, Full-Time Support, Civilian Employer Information and other manpower and personnel policies.
Mr. Stratton, while a member of the Marine Corps Reserve, graduated from David Lipscomb College, Nashville, TN, where he received degrees in Early American History and Secondary Education. After graduation, Mr. Stratton was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps Reserve. Mr. Stratton originally enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve on 23 December 1977. He graduated boot camp from the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, CA.
During Mr. Stratton’s career, he served as an enlisted Marine with Company C, 4th Landing Support Battalion, Charleston, SC, and Company I, 3rd Battalion, 24th Marines, Nashville, TN. After completion of The Basic School in 1983, he was assigned to the Communication Company, 2nd Force Service Support Group and then to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) as the MSSG-24 Communication Officer for two consecutive deployments as part of the Landing Force, 6th Fleet. After his release from active duty in 1988, he was assigned to the Marine Corps Reserve Support Center, Kansas City, KS. During Operation Desert Shield/Storm he was responsible for the involuntary recall to active duty of 6,000 individual Marine Reservists and over 500 Retirees. Mr. Stratton’s other duty assignments included duty with Headquarters U.S. Marine Corps, Manpower and Reserve Affairs Department; Headquarters U. S. Marine Corps, Plans Policy and Operations Department; I Marine Expeditionary Force; Headquarters, Marine Forces Reserve; Office of Secretary of Defense, Reserve Affairs, Readiness, Training and Mobilization; and as a Service Planner to Commandant of the Marine Corps. Colonel Stratton retired from the Marine Corps on 1 December 2008. Mr. Stratton is also a graduate of the Naval War College, New Port, RI.
Mr. Stratton joined the Office of Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, Manpower and Personnel Directorate in October 2008 after serving 30 years in the Marine Corps. He served as the Staff Director and Director for Intergovernmental Affairs.
Mr. Stratton’s military decorations and awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with four gold stars, Navy Achievement Medal, Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Medal with gold star, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Korean Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with hourglass devise and Joint Staff badge.
Director of Disability Evaluation Systems
Mr. Bret Stevens serves as the Director, Disability Evaluation Systems in the Office of Warrior Care Policy, Office of the Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness). He is responsible for policy development and program oversight related to the Service Secretaries’ operation of the Disability Evaluation System. He also provides policy oversight for the Physical Disability Board of Review, a Congressionally-mandated disability appellate process for former Service members.
Prior to serving in his present position, Mr. Stevens served 28 years in the Air Force where he held leadership positions in a variety of base, joint and Air Force Headquarters-level assignments.
In 2007, he served as the interim Director, Personnel Program Management, Headquarters Air Force Personnel Center, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. The Directorate’s 250+ military and civilian members managed a wide variety of programs covering the Air Force personnel “life cycle,” including accession, evaluation, promotion, separation, and retirement programs.
In 2006, he was Chief, United States Air Force Disability Division, the senior policymaker and program manager for the Air Force’s Disability Evaluation System affecting the retention, disability retirement or discharge of over 6,000 Airmen annually. In 2003, he became the President of the United States Air Force’s Formal Physical Evaluation Board where he conducted more than 2,500 for-the-record hearings for Airmen appealing their Informal Physical Evaluation Board disability determination.
In 2000, he was selected as Chief, Retirements and Separations Division, Headquarters Air Force Personnel Center, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, providing program oversight of all active duty retirements and separations. In 1996 he was selected to command the 62nd Mission Support Squadron, McChord Air Force Base, Washington, serving as the personnel advisor to the wing commander as well as the personnel program manager for the base’s more than 2,500 assigned Airmen and civilian personnel.
His military awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and four Air Force Meritorious Service medals.
Mr. Stevens received his Masters in Management from National University, and holds a Masters in Military Studies from Air War College and a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Kansas State University. His formal military education includes graduating from Air War College, Armed Forces Staff College, and Air Command and Staff College.
Ms. Sandra Mason
Acting Director for Recovery Coordination Program
Ms. Sandra Mason is responsible for the oversight and operations of the Recovery Coordination Program within the Warrior Care Policy office. She is one of the subject matter experts for the program and has been a part of the program’s development since July 2008. Ms. Mason has worked with all branches of service to ensure that the program’s core curriculum provides the basis for Recovery Care Coordinators to provide assistance and oversight to wounded Service members and their families.
Ms. Mason brings a wealth of knowledge to the program. She possesses over 20 years of experience in the community, military, and healthcare arenas as a skilled professional social worker and administrator. She also has an extensive background in case management, which includes experience working with a broad spectrum of populations.
From August 2006 to June 2008, Ms. Mason served as the Personnel Management Officer and Presiding Officer for the D.C. Physical Evaluation Board (PEB) at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
Prior to working in Washington, D.C., Ms. Mason spent a number of years in her home state of Texas. In 2005-2006, she served as a liaison for severely injured Soldiers, linking them to existing services as a counselor advocate at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. From 2000-2005, she worked as a project services manager/case manager in Austin, Texas, where she assessed the needs of, and services for, individuals enrolled in Medicaid for the Texas Medicaid & Healthcare Partnership (TMHP).
As a member of the Texas Army National Guard, she deployed with the Kentucky Guard’s 1163rd Medical Company to Uzbekistan and Afghanistan as the Mental Health Officer for the Combat Stress Clinic in 2003-2004. Ms. Mason served as the company commander for the 249th Main Support Battalion, as well as for the 111th ASMB HHC Medical Company.
Ms. Mason served as the Director of Social Services for the Human Services Association in San Antonio, Texas from 1999-2000. In this role, she provided leadership, support, overall direction, and training for social work practice in certain specialty areas to ensure that staff provided quality and culturally competent services that were community-based, family-centered and strength-focused.
From 1998-1999, Ms. Mason served as the Director of Client Services for the Eastern Triad HIV Consortium in Burlington, North Carolina. Ms. Mason was responsible for the coordination, training, and billing of contracted case management providers. She provided clinical supervision of case managers in five counties, ensuring that individuals affected by HIV/AIDs were offered quality services. In addition, Ms. Mason was responsible for ensuring that continuous quality assurance measures were in place with contracted agencies.
Ms. Mason received both a Masters of Social Work, in 1989, and a Bachelors of Psychology, in 1985, from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas. She is also a graduate of Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Missouri (2007).
Ms. Mason is a LTC in the United States Army National Guard, having served over 20 years. She has received several military awards during that time; these honors include the Meritorious Service Metal (2), Army Commendation Medal (3), National Defense Service Medal (2), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, and the Army Service Ribbon.
Ms. Mason currently resides in the Washington, D.C. area with her two dogs, Sebastian and Scooter. She also has a daughter who is a CPT in the Texas Army National Guard and a son attending Rutgers University, Bloustein School of Urban Planning in New Brunswick, NJ.
Ms. Barbara A. Wilson
Director, Training & Outreach
Ms. Wilson brings a wealth of knowledge to the Recovery Coordination Program. She possesses over 15 years of experience in instructor-led training, facilitation, curriculum development, and military programs.
Ms. Wilson retired from the United States Army in November 2006 after serving over 20 years. Over the course of that time, she served as Section Leader, Platoon Sergeant, Career Counselor, EO Representative, and Victim’s Advocate.
As Brigade Career Counselor, Ms. Wilson provided guidance to wounded warriors who were retained in the military, but reclassified into other military occupational specialties. She worked closely with PEBLO and unit commanders in the implementation of medical extension actions for wounded warriors and recovering Service members going through the PEB/MEB process.
Ms. Wilson received several military awards during her tenure in the United States Army: the Meritorious Service Medal (2), Army Commendation Medal (6), Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal (6), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, and the Army Service Ribbon, among others.
After retirement, Ms. Wilson worked as an Associate with Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., where she worked with a multidisciplinary team to develop and deliver training to Army Casualty Assistance Centers and Soldiers throughout the Army on casualty notification, casualty assistance, and survivor benefits.
Ms. Wilson also worked as a Senior Analyst, Curriculum Development and Training, for Armed Forces Services Corporation. In this position, she provided support to Office of the Secretary of Defense, Manpower and Reserve Affairs (OSD, M&RA) and other government agencies in the design, development, and implementation of curriculum for various training initiatives.
Ms. Wilson holds a Masters of Education and a Bachelors of Science in Management Studies. She is currently pursuing a Masters Certificate in eLearning from George Mason University.
Ms. Wilson resides in Northern Virginia with her husband and has a daughter attending the University Of South Carolina, School Of Nursing.
Jeffrey S. Lerner
Director for Education, Employment and Reconditioning Programs
Jeff Lerner recently assumed his current Directorship after 4 ½ years as the Director for Programs and Budget Operations within the Office of Warrior Care Policy, responsible for resource integration and the implementation of a Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution (PPBE) process that facilitated collection, analysis, validation, documentation, and presentation, and funding of the Department’s Wounded, Ill and Injured resource requirements. He is now responsible for WCP’s education, employment, and military adaptive sports policies and programs that engage Recovering Service Members to participate in their own recovery process to increase their chances of post-Service success.
Before joining OSD, Mr. Lerner was a Principal Analyst with CALIBRE Systems, Inc., a management and technology services company, and a private consultant specializing in government contract proposals. His Corporate clients included SAIC, Inc., and SONEX Enterprises. He was also the co-owner of an insurance agency assisting clients with retirement planning and investment decisions. While there, he also successfully built a nationwide network of business and commercial market partnerships with large commercial insurance brokerages and Excess and Surplus (E&S) lines carriers that expanded product lines and facilitated Agency growth.
Between 1995 and 2006, Mr. Lerner held a variety of Resource Management and Logistics positions on the Army Staff. While with the Army G8, he managed and allocated funding for several high visibility Army programs. He directed special studies, projects, and reviews that evaluated wartime operational needs, force modernization, Army transformation, and modularity requirements and was responsible for the G8′s annual OMA Funding Letter. He was also the Contracting Officer’s Representative for several major, multi-year Army contracts approaching $500M. As a G4 Logistics Staff Officer from 1995 to 2002, he was responsible for Army Major and Non-Major Item requirements, policy, management, distribution, and related modeling systems and managed requirements and funding for logistics programs of Congressional interest such as the Army Standardization Program, Low Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Program, and the Corrosion Prevention and Control Program.
From 1987 to 1995 Mr. Lerner worked for the U.S. Army Materiel Command in Europe, CONUS, and Central America. He was the USAMC Liaison Officer to XVIII Airborne Corps, the 32d Army Air Defense Command, the 56th Field Artillery Brigade (PERSHING), and Joint Task Force-Bravo headquarters. Mr. Lerner began his Federal career in 1983 with the U.S. Army Missile Command as the first PERSHING II Logistic Assistance Representative on the MICOM staff.
Following his Army enlistment, Mr. Lerner joined Martin-Marietta Aerospace Corp. as an Associate Engineer and worked in Frankfurt, GE and at Cape Canaveral, FL conducting engineering investigation and analyses and training.
Over his career, he has been the recipient of numerous government and Corporate awards.