DoDEA's Chain of Command

The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) is a Department of Defense field activity operating under the direction, authority and control of the Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness and the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy. DoDEA consists of two school systems: the DoD Dependents Schools (DoDDS), which is the overseas school system, and (2) the DoD Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary (DDESS), the domestic school system. These systems provide a world class education program that inspires and prepares all students in military communities around the world to be successful and responsible citizens in a dynamic global environment. DoDEA is the Presidential and national showcase for education excellence.

Executive and DoD

President Barack H. Obama
Barack H. Obama
Secretary Hagel Thumbnail
Mr. Chuck Hagel,
Secretary of Defense
Jessica Wright
Hon. Jessica L.
(Garfola) Wright,
Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness
Principal Deputy
Under Secretary of
Defense for Personnel
and Readiness

Ms. Stephanie Barna,
Acting Assistant Secretary of
Defense for Readiness
and Force Management

DoDEA Headquarters

Thomas Brady
Mr. Thomas M. Brady,
DoDEA Director
Adrian B. Talley
Dr. Adrian B. Talley,
Principal Deputy Director & Associate Director for Education
Robert Brady
Mr. Robert M. Brady,
Associate Director for Financial & Business Operations

DoDEA Americas (DDESS / DoDDS Cuba)


 Dr. Middlemiss
Dr. Beth Middlemiss,
Interim Area Director, DDESS

District Superintendents
Dr. Frank A. Calvano
Dr. Frank A. Calvano,
Kentucky District
Michael Gould
Mr. Michael Gould,
New York/Virginia/
Puerto Rico District
Dr. Samantha Ingram
Dr. Samantha Ingram,
South Carolina/Fort Stewart District/DoDDS Cuba District
Dr. Emily Marsh
Dr. Emily Marsh,
NC: Fort Bragg District
Dr. Christy Cabezas,
Georgia/Alabama District
Dr. Aldridge Boone
Dr. Aldridge Argus Boone,
NC: Camp Lejeune District

DoDEA Europe (DoDDS-E)

Dr. Nancy C. Bresell
Dr. Nancy C. Bresell,
District Superintendents
Dr. Dell W. McMullen
Dr. Dell W. McMullen,
Kaiserslautern District
Mr. Frank Roehl
Mr. Frank Roehl,
Isles District
Dr. Elizabeth Dunham,

Bavaria District

 Kent Worford
Mr. Kent Worford,
Mediterranean District

DoDEA Pacific (DoDDS-P / DDESS Guam)

DoDEA Director Pacific
Dr. Linda Curtis
District Superintendents
Mr. Mike Thompson
Mr. Mike Thompson,
Okinawa District
Ms. Lois Rapp
Ms. Lois Rapp,
Japan District
Judith J. Allen, Ed.D.
Judith J. Allen, Ed.D.,
Acting Superintendent
Korea District
Dr. Steven R. Bloom
Dr. Steven Bloom,
Guam District