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News Release

Tuesday, September 07, 2004
Contact: J. Porter
Tel: 202-606-2402

OPM Director Kay Coles James Names Retired U.S. Army Colonel Glenn G. Lackey to OPM's Center for National Security Human Capital Management

James says, "Expertise will play a critical role in supporting the defense and intelligence communities..."

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Director Kay Coles James announced the appointment of Mr. Glenn G. Lackey, U.S. Army (Retired) as the Operations Officer for OPM's Center for National Security Human Capital Management.

"Glen Lackey's expertise will play a critical role in supporting the defense and intelligence communities as they seek to strategically manage their human capital," James stated. "The new threats we face as a Nation and in the war on terror magnify the importance of every strategic personnel decision made within our defense and intelligence agencies. There is no room for error, and the strategic management of human capital is key to their success. OPM is fully committed to continue working with these agencies as a strong teammate to ensure they are fully equipped to meet the demands of this new era."

"Glenn's selection is further proof of the ready made talent pool represented by America's veterans. It's an honor that he decided to continue his Federal service with OPM. He's a decorated war veteran and Purple Heart Recipient.," stated James. "Glenn has a proven track record of success in Congress, the private sector, the military and has now chosen to bring his expertise to the civil service."

Lackey will be working closely with the Deputy Associate Director of the Center for National Security, Ray Decker, and the Center's Human Capital Officers to provide strategic human capital management support to those federal entities in the national security community as they meet the challenges facing our nation in the 21st century.

The Center partners with the departments of Defense (DoD), Veterans Affairs (VA), Homeland Security (DHS), and State (DoS), as well as the Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Intelligence Community in designing and maintaining human capital management systems that support the employment, deployment, development and evaluation of a workforce that is mission-oriented and effective. The Center for National Security, along with other OPM activities, plays a vital role in helping DHS and DoD implement new personnel systems recently authorized by law.

During his tenure with the U.S. Army, Colonel Lackey's assignments included command of the largest Field Artillery battalion in the Army, two tours of duty in Europe, and extensive experience in the Middle East.  During the Gulf War, he was Operations Division Chief for the Army Forces Headquarters for U.S. Central Command in Saudi Arabia and Director of Operations for the Field Army Command Post when it moved forward to control the ground war.  He remained in Kuwait at the conclusion of combat operations to be the Chief of Staff of the Joint Task Force (JTF Freedom) charged with emergency restoration of Kuwait.   Lackey traveled extensively after the Gulf War to present the Army story to a number of colleges and universities, civic organizations and Department of Defense agencies such as the Defense Science Board. 

Lackey's extensive background in strategic human capital management and his in-depth knowledge of the organization and functions of the Department of Defense make him a valuable addition to the Center's team. In addition to his outstanding success in the professional world Lackey has a Batchelor of Science in Social Science from the University of Southern Colorado and a Masters Degree in Human Resource Management from Central Michigan University.

Upon retirement from the Army, Lackey taught leadership and management in Atlanta, Georgia.  He moved on to become Executive Director of the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia, and from that position he moved to Washington as Congressman Michael P. Flanagan's Chief of Staff in the 104th Congress.  After leaving Washington, Glenn was the Director of Operations and a corporate officer for a major manufacturer of steel shipping containers.  From there he became the Executive Vice President of a sporting goods company in Florida.  Glenn has a wealth of experience as a senior military officer, a senior Congressional staff member, an association executive and a business executive.  He was recently selected to serve on the Military Committee of the Center for Security Policy.


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