By U.S. ArmyOctober 30, 2017
Mr. John Paul Woodley, Jr., the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works), is responsible for the supervision of the Army's Civil Works program, including programs for conservation and development of the nation's water and wetland resources, flood control, navigation, and shore protection.
On May 16, 2005 President George W. Bush appointed John Paul Woodley, Jr., as Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) following confirmation by the Senate. Mr. Woodley had been serving as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) from December 9, 2004 until this appointment. Prior to this, he served as the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) from August 22, 2003, until December 8, 2004, when his recess appointment concluded. Mr. Woodley previously served as the Assistant Deputy Undersecretary of Defense (Environment). In this capacity Mr. Woodley oversaw the Defense environmental program, encompassing both environmental restoration and compliance and pollution prevention efforts. Mr. Woodley was also the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense on environmental, safety and occupational health policy and programs.
Prior to his appointment as the Assistant Deputy Undersecretary of Defense (Environment), Mr. Woodley served as Secretary of Natural Resources in the Cabinet of Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore from January 1998 until October 2001. As Secretary of Natural Resources, Mr. Woodley supervised eight Virginia agencies responsible for environmental regulation, permitting and enforcement, natural and historic conservation, and outdoor recreation, including parks, fisheries and wildlife management.
Mr. Woodley also served as Deputy Attorney General of Virginia for Government Operations beginning in 1994. The Government Operations Division of the Attorney General's Office represented all state agencies in the areas of administration, finance, transportation, economic development, and natural resources
Mr. Woodley attended Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, on an Army R.O.T.C. scholarship. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington & Lee in 1974, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Mr. Woodley also attended the Law School at Washington & Lee, where he received his juris doctor degree cum laude in 1977.
Mr. Woodley served on active duty with the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps from 1979 until 1985 and retired from the Army Reserve in August 2003 as a Lieutenant Colonel. He has been awarded the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal (2nd Oak Leaf Cluster), the Army Commendation Medal (1st Oak Leaf Cluster), and the Army Achievement Medal. His civilian awards include the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service. Mr. Woodley is a native of Shreveport, Louisiana.