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United States Secretary of the Army

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The United States Secretary of the Army has statutory responsibility for all matters relating to the United States Army: manpower, personnel, reserve affairs, installations, environmental issues, weapons systems and equipment acquisition, communications, and financial management. It is a non-Cabinet position under the United States Secretary of Defense. This position was created September 18, 1947 when the Department of War became the Department of the Army and made a branch of the new Department of Defense.

Kenneth Claiborne Royall, the last United States Secretary of War, became the first Secretary of the Army when the National Defense Act of 1947 took effect and was the last Army secretary to hold the cabinet status, which was henceforth assigned to the Secretary of Defense.

Secretaries of the Army
Name Term of Office Served under
Kenneth Claiborne Royall September 18, 1947 – April 27, 1949 Harry S. Truman
Gordon Gray June 20, 1949 – April 12, 1950 Truman
Frank Pace April 12, 1950 – January 20, 1953 Truman
Robert TenBroek Stevens February 4, 1953 – July 21, 1955 Dwight D. Eisenhower
Wilber Marion Brucker July 21, 1955 – January 19, 1961 Eisenhower
Elvis Jacob Stahr, Jr. January 24, 1961 – June 30, 1962 John F. Kennedy
Cyrus Roberts Vance July 5, 1962 – January 21, 1964 JFK, Lyndon B. Johnson
Stephen Ailes January 28, 1964 – July 1, 1965 LBJ
Stanley R. Resor July 2, 1965 – June 30, 1971 LBJ, Richard M. Nixon
Robert F. Froehlke July 1, 1971 – May 14, 1973 Nixon
Howard H. Callaway May 15, 1973 – July 3, 1975 Nixon, Gerald R. Ford
Martin R. Hoffmann August 5, 1975 – January 20, 1977 Ford
Clifford L. Alexander, Jr. February 14, 1977 – January 20, 1981 Jimmy Carter
John O. Marsh, Jr. January 21, 1981 – August 13, 1989 Ronald W. Reagan, George H.W. Bush
Michael P.W. Stone August 14, 1989 – January 20, 1993 Bush
Togo D. West, Jr. November 22, 1993 – December 2, 1997 Bill Clinton
Robert M. Walker (acting) December 2, 1997 – July 2, 1998 Clinton
Louis Caldera July 2, 1998 – January 20, 2001 Clinton
Gregory R. Dahlberg (acting) January 20, 2001 – March 5, 2001 George W. Bush
Joseph W. Westphal (acting) March 5, 2001 – May 31, 2001 Bush
Thomas E. White May 31, 2001 – May 9, 2003 Bush
Les Brownlee (acting) May 10, 2003 – November 18, 2004 Bush
Francis J. Harvey November 19, 2004 – Present Bush

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