- Today2017November 2009
AmbassadorUS Embassy, Harare, ZimbabweImproved contentious bilateral relationship. Established one of our most effective youth outreach programs and pioneereed use of social media in outreach.
- TodayJuly 2009September 2006
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for POW/Missing Personnel Affairs, and Director DPMOOffice of the Secretary of Defense and Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO)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.
- TodayJuly 2005December 2002
AmbassadorUS Embassy, Phnom Penh, CambodiaChanged bilateral defense relationship, and increased efforts to fight human trafficking.
- TodayJuly 2001March 1998
Consul GeneralUS Consulate General, Ho Chi Minh City, VietnamAs first US Consul General in southern Vietnam, I set the tone for our relationship and promoted US business.
- TodayJuly 1996September 1993
Deputy Chief of MissionUS Embassy, Freetown, Sierra LeoneI was instrumental in talking the military government into stepping down and allowing elections.
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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 http://charlesaray.blogspot.com and http://charlieray45.wordpress.com and my work can also be seen at http://www.redroom.com/author/charles-a-ray/ 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.