Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Real Property
Ronald Tickle is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Real Property, where he is responsible for U.S. and overseas basing issues, joint basing program oversight, real property accountability, Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration, Military Aviation and Installation Assurance Siting Clearinghouse activities, installation/mission encroachment prevention, real estate policy, Base Realignment and Closure activities, and installation geo-spatial policy. Prior to this position Mr. Tickle served as the Executive Director of the Military Aviation and Installation Assurance Siting Clearinghouse in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment. In that role, he oversaw the Mission Compatibility Evaluation Process for the Department, established and implemented policy and prioritized research and development tools for the Clearinghouse, and identified opportunities for outreach with the energy industry, and state and local governments.
Prior to OUSD (A&S), from August 2014 to January 2016, Mr. Tickle served as the Director, Operations, Readiness and Sustainment in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations and Environment). His responsibilities included coordination with the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and other agencies on a wide range of encroachment, readiness, and sustainability matters, including identifying and addressing potential impacts from wind farms, transmission lines, and other energy and non-energy projects.
Prior to his position on the ASN EI&E staff, Mr. Tickle served for over 20 years in numerous capacities on the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) staff. From 2011 to 2014, he was Branch Head for Readiness Sustainment and Compatibility. In this capacity he was responsible for ensuring the Navy’s ability to continue to train and test in the face of increasing external pressures. His responsibilities included coordination with the DoD Siting Clearinghouse, implementation of the National Ocean Council Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning process, and assessing wind turbine development and its impacts on low-level training as well as electromagnetic interference with radar and navigation aids.
Additionally while on the OPNAV staff, Mr. Tickle served for 10 years as Branch Head for the Operational Environmental Readiness and Planning Branch, which was responsible for environmental planning, marine mammal compliance, and natural resources preservation. In this position he initiated the Navy’s Tactical Theater and Planning Program (TAP) that resulted in the first comprehensive fleet training environmental planning effort, and the first-ever Marine Mammal Protection Act authorizations for Navy training and testing activities. Prior to that position, Mr. Tickle served as the Head of the Shore Compliance Branch, where he was responsible for all aspects of environmental compliance worldwide at Navy facilities. Mr. Tickle began his career at the Naval Energy and Environmental Support Activity, Port Hueneme, CA, where he worked in the environmental restoration program.
Mr. Tickle earned a Master’s Degree of Science in Engineering and a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from West Virginia University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of California.
Mr. Tickle has earned numerous Special Act Awards and recognition for his actions. Most notably, he has been awarded the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Medal, the Navy Superior Civilian Service Medal, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service.
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Construction
Mr. Michael McAndrew is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Construction within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Sustainment). He provides executive leadership on all matters pertaining to DoD’s physical infrastructure, to include development and execution of policies, guidance, and procedures for construction, operations, maintenance and repair of DoD’s worldwide facilities to enhance and preserve warfighting capabilities and to provide safe working and living conditions for our military personnel and families. His responsibilities include all matters related to real property maintenance; facility operations; and host-nation programs related to facility construction and management.
Prior to assuming his current duties Mr. McAndrew served, as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Facilities Management. In this capacity, his facilitates portfolio also included policy development and oversight of DoD’s housing portfolio, which included government-owned and privatized inventories. Prior to 2008, Mr. McAndrew served as the Deputy Director, Base Realignment and Closure Directorate, responsible for policy development and oversight of analysis supporting the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) round. He also previously served within the Office of the Secretary of Defense as the Deputy Director for Housing and Energy and the Assistant Director of Housing, responsible for DoD-wide policy development and issues related to the operation and ownership of government and private-sector housing for military use; and as the Assistant Director for Base Closure and Utilization, responsible for developing policy and procedures for the Department’s 1993 and 1995 BRAC rounds. Mr. McAndrew began his Department of Defense civilian employment in 1991 as a Presidential Management Intern within the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
Mr. McAndrew served on active duty as an officer in the United States Air Force from 1984 to 1991. After leaving active duty, he resumed his military career in 1995 when he entered the Air Force Reserves, serving as an Individual Mobilization Augmentee within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition. He retired from the Air Force Reserves as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2009.
Mr. McAndrew is a 1984 graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management. In 1991, he attained a Master of Science degree in Contract and Acquisition Management from the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida. Mr. McAndrew completed the Federal Executive Institute Leadership for a Democratic Society program in 1999, and the National Security Study’s National Security Leadership Course at Maxwell School of Syracuse University in 2001. He was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 2008.
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Housing
Ms. Patricia Coury is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD) for Housing within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment (ASD(S)). She is the principal executive assisting the ASD(S) in executing the statutorily defined Chief Housing Officer duties and responsibilities. She provides executive leadership on all matters pertaining DoD housing, to include development and execution of policies, guidance, and procedures to support readiness and protect the quality of life for military personnel and their families by ensuring their access to safe, high-quality, affordable housing, delivered through cost-effective military construction, government-leasing, and privatization. Her responsibilities include programmatic oversight of DoD privatized lodging and the Homeowners Assistance Program that provides some monetary relief to certain eligible, qualified service members and civilians who suffer financial loss on the sale of their primary residence.
Prior to assuming her current duties, Ms. Coury served as the Principal Director for Facilities Management and Director of Housing. In this capacity, her responsibilities included policy development and programmatic oversight of DoD’s worldwide facilities portfolio, to include planning, design, construction, and maintenance. She also was responsible for oversight of DoD’s government-owned, government-leased and privatized housing, as well as privatized lodging and the Homeowners Assistance Program. From 2015 to 2018, Ms. Coury served as the Deputy to the DASD for Facilities Investment and Management, with responsibilities that included leading the Department’s critical, accelerated assessment of options in support of President Obama’s Executive Order to relocate DoD detention operations from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the U.S. She also formerly served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) as the Assistant Director for Housing and Enhanced Use Leasing, responsible for securing Office of Management and Budget approval of multiple Military Housing Privatization Initiative (MHPI) and Enhance Use Leasing projects, and for establishing a new OSD scholarship program for DoD employees to pursue graduate studies in federal real property privatization.
Immediately prior to joining the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Ms. Coury served as Source Selection Evaluation Board Chairperson for the Department of the Army’s Residential Communities Initiative, leading the evaluation of multiple housing privatization proposals on behalf of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Privatization and Partnerships. She spent the first 20 years of her professional career with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Ms. Coury graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts from Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, and earned a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Urban Land Institute’s Public Development and Infrastructure Council.
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Environment & Energy Resilience
Mr. Richard Kidd, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Environment & Energy Resilience. In this position, he provides policy and governance for programs and activities that enable resilience and cyber-secure energy for weapon systems and installations. This includes budgetary, policy, and management oversight of programs related to climate change, compliance with environmental laws, prevention of pollution, management of natural and cultural resources, and cleanup of contaminated sites, as well as energy resilience, risk, and performance.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Kidd served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Strategic Integration where he led the strategy development, resource requirements, and overall business transformation processes for the Office within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment. He was responsible for developing and monitoring performance metrics for the Army’s installation management community as well as leading a strategic effort to examine options for future Army installations.
Throughout Mr. Kidd’s career, he has served in various leadership positions including Executive Director for the Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council (FPISC), a Federal entity in which he helped stand up. He was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy and Sustainability within the Army and was responsible for the oversight and implementation of all programs and initiatives related to Energy Security and Sustainability. Mr. Kidd also held a position with the Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy where he was responsible for leading the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP).
Mr. Kidd received a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1986 and attained a Master’s Degree in Public and Private Management from Yale University in Connecticut in 1993.
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Environment
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy