Lawrence G. Romo was appointed by
President Obama as the 12th Director of the Selective Service
System. Because of his dynamic and results-oriented leadership,
the Selective Service System was presented the 2011 "Most
Improved Small Federal Agency" award by the private Partnership
for Public Service which ranks the "Best Places to Work in the
Federal Government." Selective Service improved 31% in employee
satisfaction in the 2011 OPM Employee Viewpoint Survey,
leapfrogging almost one-third of all small agencies from the
bottom in 2010 to 25th place in 2011, by doing better in 12 of
14 crucial categories. Partnership officials said "Leadership"
is what really drove improved scores government-wide, and
Selective Service proved it.
Immediately prior to this
assignment, he was the Soldier and Family Assistance Program
Manager for the U.S. Army 5th Recruiting Brigade, responsible
for the family programs of seven Recruiting Battalions in a
multi-state area. As an integral part of the Team Well-Being
Program, he ensured enhanced wellness of Soldiers and Family
Members. Further, he was an Admissions Liaison Officer for the
United States Air Force Academy, having performed this function
for 29 years as both an additional and primary military duty.
Since 1988, Mr. Romo had served annually on various
Congressional Service Academies Nomination Selection Panels.
Prior to these duties, he served in
various U.S. Air Force assignments both on active duty and in
the reserve. He served as a USAF Academy Admissions Advisor, in
various positions supporting the operation of the Minuteman
Missile Weapon and Launch System, in Training Operations, and as
an Air Transportation Officer. Upon retiring from the U.S. Air
Force Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel, Mr. Romo was the USAF
Academy Liaison Officer Director for South Texas.
He joined the Federal Civil Service
in 1987 serving from 1987 until 1992 as an Item Manager for the
Directorate of Special Weapons, and from 1992 through 1999, he
was the Transition Assistance Program Specialist at Kelly Air
Mr. Romo also served as the
Chairman of Bexar County Veterans Committee and a member of the
American Legion, American GI Forum, Association of United States
Army, and the Military Officers Association of America. He
served as Chairman of the San Antonio Commission for Children
and Families for the City of San Antonio, Texas. He earned his
Bachelor of Science degree from the USAF Academy and a Master of
Education degree from Montana State University–Northern
(formerly Northern Montana College).