View Header


Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release May 22, 1998
                       AS SECRETARY OF THE ARMY 
                     AT THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

The President today announced his intent to nominate Louis Caldera as Secretary of the Army.

Mr. Louis Caldera, of Los Angeles, California, is currently the Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Corporation for National Service. From December 1992 to August 1997, he was the Assemblyman from the 46th District in the California State Legislature. From February 1991 to November 1992, he was a Deputy County Counsel for the County of Los Angeles. He was in the private practice of law from 1990 to 1991, at Buchalter, Nemer, Fields & Younger and from 1987 to 1989, at O'Melveny & Myers.

Mr. Caldera graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1978. After serving for five years on active duty with the Army, he enrolled at Harvard University where he received both his J.D. and MBA in 1987.

The Secretary of the Army is the senior civilian in the organization, and as such is responsible for all matters pertaining to Army manpower, personnel, reserve affairs, installations, environmental issues, weapons systems and equipment acquisition, communications, and financial management. The department has an annual budget of nearly $60 billion. The Secretary leads a work force of just over one million soldiers and 270,000 civilian employees, and has stewardship over 25 million acres of land.