Charles A. Ray was appointed Deputy Assistant
Secretary of Defense for
Personnel Affairs in September 2006. Ambassador Ray is responsible
to the Secretary of Defense for policy, control and oversight of all
matters pertaining to missing personnel, and for establishing
uniform policies and procedures leading to the fullest possible
accounting of Americans missing in action from all conflicts. This
mission includes the rescue of individuals who fall in harmís way as
a result of combat.
Ambassador Ray was confirmed by the White House
in 2002 and sworn-in by former Secretary of State Colin Powell as
the United States Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia, where he
served until 2005. More recently he has served as diplomat in
residence at the University of Houston. While there, he recruited
students interested in careers in the U.S. Foreign Service or the
State Department, and he worked with secondary school systems, civic
organizations and other groups to inform communities about foreign
Ambassador Ray joined the Department of State in
1982 and held several positions such as deputy chief of mission at
the U.S. Embassy in Freetown, Sierra Leone. He also served in the
Department of State Political Military Affairs Bureau, and worked in
the U.S. Consulate General Offices in Guangzhou and Shenyang,
China. In 1998 he became the first U.S. Consul General in Ho Chi
Minh City in Vietnam. During his 20-plus year career in the
Department of State, Ambassador Ray worked with kings, presidents,
soldiers and human rights activists on a variety of issues.
Prior to entering the Department of State,
Ambassador Ray served in the United States Army for twenty years.
He retired with the rank of Major in 1982. He
received two Bronze Star medals from the Army and the Armed Forces
Humanitarian Service Award.
Ambassador Ray obtained his
undergraduate degree at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, and
received his Masters of Science degree at the University of Southern
California in Los Angeles. He also received his Masters of Science
degree from the National Defense University in Washington D.C.
Ambassador Ray is a native of Center, Texas. He
and his wife, Myung Wook, have two sons and two daughters.