Charles Ray

Charles Ray

Author and publisher

Currently employed at US Embassy, Harare, Zimbabwe

Previous: Office of the Secretary of Defense and Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO), US Embassy, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, US Consulate General, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, US Embassy, Freetown, Sierra Leone



    I have been a free lance writer for over 40 years. In addition to magazine and newspaper articles, I have written and published several books of fiction and nonfiction. My blog sites are and and my work can also be seen at I retired from government service in 2012, after 50 years of combined military and civilian service, and am now engaged full time in free lance writing, blogging, and public speaking.




At US Embassy, Harare, Zimbabwe

From November 2009 to Present
Improved contentious bilateral relationship. Established one of our most effective youth outreach programs and pioneereed use of social media in outreach.

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for POW/Missing Personnel Affairs, and Director DPMO

At Office of the Secretary of Defense and Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO)

From September 2006 to July 2009
Improved relationship with groups representing families of the missing; increased visibility of live personnel recovery in addition to improved remains recovery accounting. Instituted rigorous budget reviews and got first budget increase for function in a decade.


At US Embassy, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

From December 2002 to July 2005
Changed bilateral defense relationship, and increased efforts to fight human trafficking.

Consul General

At US Consulate General, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

From March 1998 to July 2001
As first US Consul General in southern Vietnam, I set the tone for our relationship and promoted US business.

Deputy Chief of Mission

At US Embassy, Freetown, Sierra Leone

From September 1993 to July 1996
I was instrumental in talking the military government into stepping down and allowing elections.


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