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Charles Cragin
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Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower and Reserve Affairs
Acting

In office
August 4, 1999 – May 31, 2001
April 12, 1998 - August 3, 1999
President Bill Clinton
Secretary William Cohen
Donald Rumsfeld
Preceded by Deborah R. Lee
Succeeded by Thomas F. Hall
United States Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness
Acting

In office
March 31, 2000 – May 23, 2000
President Bill Clinton
Secretary William Cohen
Preceded by Rudy de Leon
Succeeded by Bernard Rostker
Chairman of the Board of Veterans' Appeals

In office
March 1991 – March 1997
Preceded by Kenneth E. Eaton
Succeeded by Roger K. Bauer (acting)[1]
Personal details
Born Charles Langmaid Cragin[2]
October 9, 1943(1943-10-09) (age 78)[2]
Portland, Maine[2]
Political party Republican
Alma mater University of Maine (BS), (JD)
Military service
Service/branch United States Navy
United States Navy Reserve[3][4][5]
Years of service 1961-1964 (active duty)
1964-1998 (reserve)
Rank Captain
Awards Legion of Merit
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Navy Meritorious Service Medal (2)
Navy Commendation Medal (2)
Army Commendation Medal
Navy Expeditionary Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Navy Good Conduct Medal
Armed Forces Reserve Medal

Charles Langmaid Cragin (born October 9, 1943) is an American politician from Maine. He was the Republican nominee for governor of Maine in 1982, losing in a landslide to Democratic incumbent Gov. Joseph E. Brennan. Afterwards, Cragin was a Republican National Committee member from Maine from 1983 to 1990,[6] and as acting U.S. Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness in 2000.[7]

Cragin also was the first Senate-confirmed chairperson of the Board of Veterans' Appeals in the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs.[8]

Education[edit | edit source]

He received a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Maine in 1967 and a Juris Doctor from the University of Maine School of Law in 1970.[4]

Military service[edit | edit source]

He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1961 and was on active duty and in the Navy Reserve until his retirement as a Captain in 1998. For his military service he was awarded the Legion of Merit and many other medals.

Early career[edit | edit source]

From 1964 to 1969 he was an announcer and newsman for WIDE Radio, WPOR Radio, and WSCH Radio & TV.[4] All based in Biddeford and Portland.[4] In 1969 he was a research assistant for Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co.[4]

Legal career[edit | edit source]

From 1969 to 1990 he practiced law with Verrill and Dana in Portland.[4]

Federal service[edit | edit source]

In 1990, he was nominated by President George H. W. Bush and confirmed by the United States Senate in 1991 as Chairman of the Board of Veterans' Appeals of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

He later served in several senior capacities in the Department of Defense including Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel & Readiness (2000), Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Personnel & Readiness, Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs (1998-2001), and Acting Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Civil Support.[5]

Later career[edit | edit source]

After retiring from federal service in 2001, he became a partner in the Washington, DC office of Blank Rome, LLP.[5] In 2003 he joined System Planning Corporation (SPC) of Arlington, Virginia as its Senior Vice President for National Intelligence, Security and Response.[5] He continues to serve as Senior Advisor to the CEO of SPC.[5]

He served as Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans from 2008 to 2009.[9]

Political candidacy[edit | edit source]

He sought the Republican nomination for Governor of Maine in 1978 and 1982.[4] He sought the Republican nomination for Attorney General of Maine in 1979.[4]

He was a Republican candidate for Governor of Maine in 1982.[4]

References[edit | edit source]

Party political offices
Preceded by
Linwood Palmer, Jr.
Republican nominee for Governor of Maine
1982
Succeeded by
John McKernan, Jr.
Government offices
Preceded by
Rudy de Leon
United States Under Secretary of Defense
for Personnel and Readiness

Acting

March 31, 2000 – May 23, 2000
Succeeded by
Bernard Rostker

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