Lawrence G. Romo


Official photo of Director Lawrence G. Romo 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 Force Base.

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).

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