OAA

Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army

Leaders

  • Mr. Mark F. Averill Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army Mr. Mark F. Averill
  • Vacant Deputy Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army Vacant
  • Mr. Perry C. Clark Acting Executive Director, Army Headquarters Services Mr. Perry C. Clark

Mission

The Office of the Administrative Assistant (OAA) provides direct administrative and management support to HQDA and enterprise level services to Armywide organizations.

Vision

An innovative, results-oriented organization recognized for customer service and workforce excellence.

Motto

Customer Service and Workforce Excellence

History

  • The history of the Office of the Administrative Assistant (OAA) to the Secretary of the Army dates back to the earliest days of the nation, when Congress on August 7, 1789, created a Department of War and specified that the Secretary of War should appoint a Chief Clerk. Mr. Wilson Knox became the first Chief Clerk. From the 1790s through the War of 1812, the War Department was primarily an administrative and record-keeping bureau that served as a conduit for the military’s large volume of correspondence and reports. The department’s handful of clerks were charged with keeping military papers in order and expediting departmental business. When British forces attacked Washington, D.C., in 1814, the men played a critical role by removing nearly all papers from the Secretary’s offices near the White House before the British arrived and saving British standards and colors captured during the American Revolution. The clerks would perform a similar role during the Civil War when in 1864 they joined other department civilians in manning Washington’s defenses for a time to help protect the city from a Confederate threat. The workload of the official who had since been designated the “Assistant and Chief Clerk” changed with the 1917 entry of the United States into World War I. Faced with an unparalleled expansion of the Army via a draft and the related growth of the War Department, Chief Clerk John C. Scofield scrambled to hire additional staff and secure sufficient office space and equipment. In this environment, the main responsibility of the clerks changed from knowing a substantial but relatively limited number of War Department precedents, and where the records containing them were filed, to managing a tidal wave of paper that almost submerged the department in the early stages of the war. Scofield continued in this position after the war, assisting the Secretary with planning activities designed to better prepare the department for future conflicts, before departing in 1931 after an impressive thirty-year tenure as Chief Clerk. The same year, the War Department re-designated his position as the Administrative Assistant. By the time the United States entered World War II in 1941, the Administrative Assistant was supervising records management, printing, civilian medical treatment, and procurement and accounting within the secretariat, along with other activities.
  • Shortly after World War II ended, Congress abolished the War Department and established a Department of the Army within a Department of Defense. The Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of War became the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army. During subsequent decades, the duties of the Administrative Assistant continued to expand. The footprint of the Office of the Administrative Assistant within the recently constructed Pentagon building also grew. By 2000, OAA was responsible for administrative management, maintaining official records, and managing the programs that provided service, supply, and equipment for the Defense Department within the National Capital Region. Critical services included contracting, passports, and motor pool, as well as telephones and computer operations in the Pentagon.
  • September 11, 2001, was an especially dark day for OAA, but also demonstrated the resilience of its people. When one of four planes hijacked by terrorists hit the west side of the Pentagon, the plane ripped through the outer three rings of the building and killed 125 service members and civilians. The Administrative Assistant’s staff sustained forty of the seventy-five Army deaths. In one brief moment the office lost nearly all of its financial experts and computer files, and this occurred just weeks before the fiscal year ended. Working around the clock, and assisted by retirees who volunteered to come back to work and budget analysts and accountants from other government agencies, OAA nevertheless finished its end-of-year work on time. The staff also reestablished computer and telecommunications connectivity throughout the building and found workspace to make up for the 400,000 square feet destroyed. These extraordinary efforts reestablished normal operations within days and contributed to the reopening of the newly rebuilt sections of the Pentagon on September 11, 2002.
  • In the ensuing years, the Office of the Administrative Assistant has continued to manage resources for the headquarters of the Department of the Army, provide administrative support to the Secretary of the Army and senior Army leaders, and oversee a range of services across the Department of Defense, even while receiving other missions. In 2003, for example, OAA was assigned as an Executive Agency to aid the rebuilding of Iraq. It provided administrative, human resource, logistics, information technology, facilities, acquisition, and fiscal support to the Coalition Provisional Authority offices in Washington and Baghdad. When prior to the 2004 presidential election Congress called on the Defense Department to ensure every Armed Forces member could vote, OAA worked with other organizations to ensure that more than 2 million ballots were printed and shipped to military posts, camps, and stations worldwide.
  • In recent years, the evolution of OAA has continued. The Army Reform Initiative has again reshaped its responsibilities. But despite OAA’s ever-changing character, the service its professional men and women have rendered to the United States Army has remained steady for more than two hundred years.

Army Conferences

The Army Conference Team is responsible for managing the Army Conference Program for the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army (AASA), whom is the proponent for conferences, on behalf of the Secretary of the Army (SA). Some of the Army Conference Team’s responsibilities include drafting Army-wide conference policy; tracking and reporting Army conference participation; and ensuring Army meets the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Office of Management and Budget, and Congressional conference requirements.

Army Declassification Directorate (ADD)

Army Declassification Activity (ADA) Division ADA reviews Army classified records as mandated by Presidential Executive Order (EO) 13526, as well as sensitive documents related to the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), to protect them from being inadvertently released to terrorists. Army Declassification Directorate represents the Army on numerous intergovernmental/interagency working groups (including CIA, FBI, NSA, DIA, DOS, DOE, NARA, and OSD), which meet to discuss and identify better ways of protecting National Security Information (NSI) from inadvertent disclosure. This is a Secretary of the Army delegated mission. ADA is also responsible for processing Mandatory Declassification Review (MDR) requests submitted to the Army. For more information on submitting a request, please see below. Central United States Registry (CUSR) Division NATO has determined that every member nation will maintain a “Central Registry” that will be the primary point of contact for all NATO classified information for their country. The Central United States Registry (CUSR) provides Information Systems Security (INFOSEC) and document security oversight to all NATO affiliated agencies and organizations within the United States. Information is distributed through a "Registry System" where sub-Registries and subordinate control points control NATO information. NATO information is requested from the Central Registry, where it is carefully processed and marked before distribution within the registry system. U.S. responsibility is delegated from the Secretary of Defense down to the Secretary of the Army, thus establishing the CUSR under the Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army. The CUSR resides within the Army Declassification Directorate. The CUSR maintains both classified and unclassified websites. They provide access to NATO security documents, updates on the security of NATO information, and a profile of the CUSR in accordance with United States Security Authority for NATO Affairs Instruction (USSAN 1-07), para 1.6.

Mandatory Declassification Review Requests

  • To request Army records with unknown originator and less than 25 years old, submit the MDR request to: US Army Declassification Directorate ATTN: Army Declassification Activity Building 1458, Suite 1NW6305 9301 Chapek Road Fort Belvoir, VA 22060-5605 _________________________ To request Army records 25 years old or older, submit the MDR request to: National Archives and Records Administration Chief, Special Access/FOIA Staff (NWCTF) 8601 Adelphi Road College Park, MD 20740- 6001 _________________________ To request records held by a Presidential Library, submit the MDR request to the appropriate library. Presidential Library, ISOO _________________________ To request records held by other Agencies, see the list in the Federal Register indicating to which person or office the MDR request should be submitted. Federal Register, ISOO _________________________ To request an MDR appeal for a denial from the Army, address request to: Department of the Army Office of the General Counsel 104 Army Pentagon Washington, DC 20310-0104 Request a MDR administrative appeal denial _________________________  To request specific unit records that are 25 years old and older stored at the National Archives and Records Administration through MDR or FOIA contact: National Archives and Records Administration Chief, Special Access/FOIA Staff (NWCTF) 8601 Adelphi Road College Park, MD 20740-6001 _________________________ To request personnel files of discharged military service members, contact: National Personnel Records Center 1 Archives Drive St. Louis, MO 63138 Telephone: 1-314-801-0800 Veterans' Service Records _________________________ To request active duty personnel files, active National Guard and Army Reserve and National Guard not on active duty contact: U.S. Army Human Resources Command ATTN: AHRC-PDR-VIB 1600 Spearhead Division Avenue, Dept 420 Fort Knox, KY 40122-5402 Telephone: 1-888-276-9472 Army Human Resources Command _________________________ To request personnel records of former Federal Civilian Employees for the period 1850-1951, contact: National Archives and Records Administration ATTN: Archival Programs P.O. Box 38757 St. Louis, MO 63138 _________________________ To request personnel records of former Federal Civilian Employees contact: National Personnel Records Center Annex 1411 Boulder Boulevard Valmeyer, IL 62295 Civilian Official Personnel Folders (OPF)

Army Gift Program (Gifts to the U.S. Army)

The Army Gift Program manages and prescribes Army policy for the acceptance and disposition of gifts of real property, personal property, or money offered to the Army for the benefit of its organizations and personnel. The program does not solicit contributions. Rather, it provides oversight and structure to enable citizens, organizations, and corporations to contribute cash, goods, or real property to benefit the Army, its Soldiers, and their Families. Gifts are processed in accordance with Army Regulation 1–100, and Department of Defense 7000.14-R (Financial Management Regulation) Volume 12, Chapter 30 (Gifts under Title 10, U.S. Code, section 2601) and Volume 12, Chapter 3 (Gifts under Title 10, U.S. Code, section 2608).

Army Publishing Directorate (APD)

The Army Publishing Directorate (APD) is the Army’s centralized departmental publishing organization in support of readiness. APD authenticates, publishes and provides the official Army index of all departmental publications and forms. Please contact usarmy.pentagon.hqda-apd.mbx.customer-service@army.mil for support.

Army Records Management Directorate (ARMD)

The Records Management Division: The Records Management Office supports the Senior Agency Official for Records Management (SAORM) as the functional proponent for Army records and information management.  Records Management provides policy guidance to ensure that statutory requirements established by Congress (e.g., USC 44, 36 CFR) are complied with during the collection and preservation of Army records. Records Management supports the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Archivist and operation of the Army Records Management Information System (ARIMS), which is the Army's official worldwide web-based system responsible for archiving the Army’s official records, including e-mail. Mailing Address: Army Records Management Directorate9301 Chapek Road, Building 1458Fort Belvoir, VA 22060-5527 Information Collections and Office for Unit Records Response (OURR) Division: The Information Collections Office oversees the management, control, approval processing, and tracking of all Army-related Internal Surveys, DoD Internal (Multi-Service), and Public Information Collections that require a Survey Control Number, Records Control Symbol and Office of Management and Budget control number. The OURR Office, formerly Joint Services Records Research Center, conducts research of held and maintained Army unit records related to Army Veteran's disability claims for compensation. OURR provides responsive Army unit records to the Department of Veterans Affairs Records Research Center when the Army holds and maintains those records. These records provide essential information to Veterans organizations, individual Veterans and families, Veterans' representatives, and Congressional staffers.   Privacy and Freedom of Information Act Division: The Army Privacy Office implements the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army Privacy Act and Civil Liberties programs through advice, monitoring, official reporting, and training. The Privacy Act office provides HQDA level policy and program guidance to Army privacy officials worldwide. The Director, Army Records Management Directorate, advises the Component Senior Official on privacy matters. The Freedom of Information (FOIA) Office implements the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army (AASA) HQDA level policy and program guidance to more than 300 Army offices worldwide. The Director, Army Records Management Directorates, advises the AASA on FOIA matters.
  • The Records Management Division provides oversight and program management for the Army's Records Management Program along with establishing programs for records collection and operating and sustaining the Army Electronic Archive. The Records Management Division also develops policy, establishes procedures and standards, and provides program management and oversight for Army Correspondence, Rulemaking, Abbreviations, Brevity Codes and Acronyms, Office Symbols, Management Information Control System, and performs HQDA Records Administrator duties. Army Records Management Point of Contact: usarmy.belvoir.hqda-oaa-ahs.mbx.rmda-army-addresses@army.mil National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Records Management Guidance and Training NARA Federal Agency Records Officers Related Links To request U.S. Army unit histories, write to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) at College Park, ATTN: Archives II Textual Reference Branch (NNR2), Room 2600, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, Maryland 20740 To obtain a copy of your Official Military Personnel File (OMPF), write the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, Missouri 63138. Your OMPF will provide medical records, unit assignments, DD214 forms, and orders of personnel actions such as promotions and awards/commendation. To obtain information concerning your individual awards, write to the U.S. Army Human Resources Command, KNOX-HRC-PDP, 1600 Spearhead Division Ave, Ft. Knox, KY 40122 or call them at (502) 613-9126 To obtain records pertaining to Radio Research Unit records, write to the Commander U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command, ATTN: IAOPS-HIST, Building 2444, Fort Belvoir, Virginia 22060-5370
  • The OURR Office, formerly Joint Services Records Research Center, conducts research of held and maintained Army unit records related to Army Veteran's disability claims for compensation. Office for Unit Records Response Point of Contact: usarmy.belvoir.hqda.mbx.rmda-ourr-va@army.mil U.S. Army Office for Unit Records Response9301 Chapek Road, Building 1458Room NW5708Fort Belvoir, VA 22060-5605 The Information Collections Office oversees the management, control, approval processing, and tracking of all Army-related Internal Surveys, DoD Internal (Multi-Service), and Public Information Collections that require a Survey Control Number, Records Control Symbol and Office of Management and Budget control number. Information Collections Point of Contact: usarmy.belvoir.hqda-rmd.mbx.information-collections-certificatio@army.mil U.S. Army Information Collections9301 Chapek Road, Building 1458Room NW5708Fort Belvoir, VA 22060-5605
  • The Privacy and Civil Liberties Office is responsible for management oversight of the Army-wide implementation of the Privacy Act (PA), Civil Liberties programs in accordance with 5 U.S.C. Sect. 552a, Public Law 106-554 and Public Law 110-53.  The Office implements the laws, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Department of Justice (DOJ), and Department of Defense (DoD) guidance regarding the programs and ensures the requirements of the programs are fulfilled. This Privacy office is also responsible for allowing individuals to access and amend Privacy records, when appropriate, coordination and publishing of PA System of Records Notices, as well as handling receipt and reporting of personally identifiable information (PII) incidents. In addition, the PA Office reviews agency forms and regulations for PA compliance. Civil liberties are the fundamental rights and freedom protected by the Constitution of the United States. This includes drafting Army policy, developing training mechanisms for senior leadership, managers/supervisors, and the workforce, establishing complaint procedures, and reporting quarterly to the Defense Privacy, Civil Liberties, and Transparency Division (DPCLTD). The Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, 5 U.S.C. § 552a The purpose of the Privacy Act is to balance the government's need to maintain information about individuals with the rights of individuals to be protected against unwarranted invasions of their privacy stemming from federal agencies’ collection, maintenance, use, and disclosure of personal information about them. The Privacy Act focuses on four basic guidelines: 1.   To restrict disclosure of personally identifiable records maintained by agencies. 2.   To grant individuals increased rights of access to agency records maintained on themselves. 3.   To grant individuals the right to seek amendment of agency records maintained on themselves upon a showing that the records are not accurate, relevant, timely or complete. 4.   To establish a code of "fair information practices" which requires agencies to comply with statutory norms for collection, maintenance, and dissemination or records. Privacy and Civil Liberties Point of Contact: usarmy.belvoir.hqda-oaa-ahs.mbx.rmda-foia-privacy-alert@army.mil Mrs. Christie Smith, Acting Executive Director, Army Headquarters Services, Headquarters, Department of the Army is the designated Senior Component Official for Privacy (SCOP). Related Links: Additional Privacy information: Defense Privacy, Civil Liberties, and Transparency Division Additional information reference Civil Liberties: Defense Privacy, Civil Liberties, and Transparency Division (DPCLTD). DoD Privacy and Civil Liberties Reports DoD System of Records Notices (SORN) Army Approved SORNs DOD Privacy Training Department of Justice Office of Privacy and Civil Liberties Additional Privacy information: Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) Agencies Privacy POCs: DOD Senior Agency Official for Privacy (SAOP), Components, and Federal
  • Privacy and Civil Liberties Complaints Privacy Complaints You can send a Privacy Act request to the U.S. Army Freedom of Information Act Office, 9301 Chapek Rd. Bldg 1458, Fort Belvoir, VA 22060-5605. Requests can also be sent electronically by Email: usarmy.belvoir.hqda-oaa-ahs.mbx.rmda-foia@army.mil Civil Liberties Complaints Bill of Rights File a Complaint The Office of The Inspector General (OTIG) website makes it convenient to file a complaint. Contact your local or nearest Inspector General Office to initiate a request for assistance or to file a complaint because that office is in the best position to efficiently resolve complaints. View a list of Inspector General (non-Army) branch websites, and related links.
  • The Freedom of Information Act Office is responsible for management oversight of the Army-wide implementation of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) program in accordance with 5 USC, and Public Law 106-554. The office implements the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Defense (DoD) guidance regarding the FOIA and ensure the requirements of Executive Order (EO) 13392 (Improving Agency Disclosure of Information) and the Action Plan are fulfilled. This office is also responsible for the Army's annual FOIA report, providing guidance, procedures for Army activities regarding information release and protection of Army information. See Army FOIA Library. Contact Information Please note that this office is not a repository for documents maintained or released by the Department of the Army. Requests received in this office will be forwarded to the activity that has the responsibility for the subject matter requested. If you are unsure which agency to contact, you may contact this office telephonically at (571) 515-0306. You may submit your FOIA request either by: FOIA Point of Contact: usarmy.belvoir.hqda-oaa-ahs.mbx.rmda-foia@army.mil U.S. Army Freedom of Information Act Office Records Management Directorate 9301 Chapek Rd. Bldg 1458 Fort Belvoir, VA 22060-5605 FOIA Requester Service Center (RSC)To receive additional information pertaining to the response to your FOIA request, or to learn the status of your pending FOIA request, please contact the Requester Service Center (RSC), as shown on the FOIA Links page, with responsibility over the area to which you submitted your request. FOIA Public Liaison Officer (PLO)Serves as supervisory official to whom you may raise concerns about the service you have received from a FOIA Requester Service Center (RSC), following an initial response to you from the Center staff. Please contact the PLO if you have concerns about information you have received about your FOIA request after contacting the appropriate RSC. FOIA requesters who have any questions concerning the processing of their requests with this Department of the Army FOIA office should contact this center at (571) 515-0306. If you are not satisfied with the response from this center, you may contact the Army FOIA Public Liaison at (571) 515-0306 or by e-mail usarmy.belvoir.hqda-oaa-ahs.mbx.rmda-foia-public-liaison@army.mil

Civilian Aides to the Secretary of the Army (CASA)

Civilian Aides to the Secretary of the Army (CASAs) are business and community leaders appointed by the Secretary to advise and support Army leaders across the country. CASAs come from many professions including business, education, finance, industry, law, the media, medicine and public service. Each is proactively involved in the community and brings to the position an interest in the Army, a high degree of business and civic leadership and an ability to influence the public. CASAs are Special Government Employees who agree to serve as representatives of the Secretary of the Army without salary, wages or related benefits, and are afforded a 3-star protocol status. Each CASA is committed to supporting all Department of Army Civilians, Soldiers and their Families. In particular, CASAs partner with the Soldier for Life program to assist Soldiers as they transition from the Army.

About

  • Civilian Aides to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) are essential to the Army’s ability to connect with America by helping to build partnerships and strengthening relationships in their communities. The role of a CASA varies greatly based on geographic location; proximity to Army installations or activities; personal interests/experience; and comfort level. However, some of the common roles the CASAs play are below:
  • CASAs must facilitate meaningful interactions between Army recruiters, key influencers, and youth with a propensity to serve. Each state/region has different challenges with recruiting, so CASAs must get to know their local recruiters to understand where they can assist. Many CASAs   are involved in grass-roots initiatives that have been tremendously successful, such as gaining authentic access to schools.
  • Each component faces unique challenges, and as leaders in their states or territories, CASAs also play a unique role by being the Secretary’s link to the Guard and Reserve.  In particular, CASAs in states with little to no Active-Duty presence areas are almost exclusively involved with National Guard and Army Reserve Soldiers. CASAs typically develop strong relationships with their state Adjutant General (TAG) and reserve Units located near them, since the local need varies greatly.
  • CASAs support our Soldiers and their Families as they transition out of uniform by partnering with the Soldier for Life program. This includes taking care of the Soldier’s Families and assisting with job opportunities for transition Soldiers, veterans and their spouses.
  • In keeping with the Army People strategy, “Our people are our greatest strength and our most important weapon system.” CASAs should seek to build mutually beneficial relationships within all segments of the multicultural communities they serve. They should also seek opportunities to upskill their cultural agility and exposure as they assist our Army in building lasting community-based relationships within their assigned regions of responsibility.
  • CASAs are often asked to speak at similar events listed above, as well as military and veteran services organization events. These events provide an opportunity to disseminate information about the Army and its priorities. The CASA Program Office regularly distributes Army talking points, top line messages, the Secretary’s priorities, and other pertinent information. However, most information can easily be found online or through your local Army contacts.
  • Soldiers and Families may reach out to CASAs for assistance on a specific issue, such as concern about a new Army policy. This is a great time to make use of your extensive outreach network you have built. You can seek out answers or support for Soldiers and Army Families, while learning firsthand of current issues to share with Army Leaders.

The Institute of Heraldry (TIOH)

TIOH is responsible for executing the statuary (10 USC § 4594) requirement for the Secretary of the Army to furnish heraldic services to the Office of the President of the United States and all Federal Government Agencies. Our work encompasses all elements of National symbolism associated with research, design, development, standardization, quality control, and other services which are fundamental to the creation and custody of official heraldic items. Products include coats of arms, decorations, medals, flags, streamers, agency seals, badges, and other types of official insignia. TIOH also provides the general public with limited research and information services.
2021 - Mark F. Averill (Acting) takes office as the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army 2018 - Kathleen S. Miller takes office as the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army 2018 - Mark F. Averill (Acting) takes office as the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army 2013 - Gerald B. O’Keefe takes office as the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army 2013 - Gerald B. O’Keefe (Acting) takes office as the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army 2006 - Joyce E. Morrow takes office as the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army 2004 - Sandra R. Riley takes office as the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army 1996 - Joel B. Hudson takes office as the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army 1996 - Joel B. Hudson (Acting) takes office as the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army 1995 - Yvonne M. Harrison takes office as the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army 1995 - Joel B. Hudson (Acting) takes office as the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army 1980 - Milton H. Hamilton takes office as the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army 1979 - R.M. Yingling takes office as the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army 1966 - John G. Connell Jr. takes office as the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army 1965 - John G. Connell Jr. (Acting) takes office as the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army 1961 - James C. Cook takes office as the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army 1960 - Robert H. Wiley takes office as the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army 1947 - War Department was abolished. Defense Department was created. 1947 - Title changed to Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army 1931 - Title changed to Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of War 1931 - John W. Martyn takes office as the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of War 1908 - Title changed to Assistant and Chief Clerk of the War Department 1899 - John C. Schofield takes office as Chief Clerk of the War Department 1882 - John Tweedale takes office as Chief Clerk of the War Department 1872 - Henry T. Crosby takes office as Chief Clerk of the War Department 1861 - John Potts takes office as Chief Clerk of the War Department 1861 - James Lesley Jr. takes office as Chief Clerk of the War Department 1861 - J.P. Sanderson takes office as Chief Clerk of the War Department 1861 - John Potts takes office as Chief Clerk of the War Department 1857 - Williams R. Drinkard takes office as Chief Clerk of the War Department 1857 - John Potts takes office as the Chief Clerk of the War Department 1853 - Archibald Campbell takes office as Chief Clerk of the War Department 1851 - John Potts takes office as the Chief Clerk of the War Department 1850 - George T.M. Davis takes office as the Chief Clerk of the War Department 1850 - John D. McPherson (Acting) takes office as the Chief Clerk of the War Department 1849 - Samuel J. Anderson takes office as the Chief Clerk of the War Department 1846 - Archibald Campbell takes office as the Chief Clerk of the War Department 1841 - Daniel Parker takes office as the Chief Clerk of the War Department 1841 - Albert Miller Lea takes office as the Chief Clerk of the War Department 1838 - John T. Cochrane takes office as the Chief Clerk of the War Department 1837 - Samuel Cooper takes office as the Chief Clerk of the War Department 1836 - John T. Cochrane takes office as the Chief Clerk of the War Department 1835 - Cary A. Harris takes office as the Chief Clerk of the War Department 1833 - Daniel Kurtz (Acting) takes office as the Chief Clerk of the War Department 1829 - Phillip G. Randolph takes office as the Chief Clerk of the War Department 1829 - John Robb takes office as the Chief Clerk of the War Department 1827 - Charles J. Nourse takes office as the Chief Clerk of the War Department 1817 - Christopher Vandeventer takes office as the Chief Clerk of the War Department 1815 - George Graham takes office as the Chief Clerk of the War Department 1812 - Daniel Parker takes office as the Chief Clerk of the War Department 1805 - John Smith takes office as the Chief Clerk of the War Department 1802 - Joshua Wingate Jr. takes office as the Chief Clerk of the War Department 1800 - John Newman takes office as the Chief Clerk of the War Department 1797 - John Caldwell takes office as the Chief Clerk of the War Department 1790 - John Staff Jr. takes office as the Chief Clerk of the War Department 1789 - William Knox becomes the first Chief Clerk of the War Department 1789 - War Department is established