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Charles R. "Ray" Alexander, SES

Director of Contingency Operations and Chief, Office of Homeland Security Headquarterss

Published Dec. 22, 2014
Updated: Oct. 24, 2019

Mr. Ray Alexander is the Director of Contingency Operations and Chief, Office of Homeland Security, Headquarters, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).

As Director of Contingency Operations he leads a dynamic team of military and civilian professionals and an organization with a diverse array of missions across the enterprise and around the globe. The Directorate of Contingency Operations provides command and control of USACE civil and military contingency operations during disaster incident response and recovery, ensures the readiness of critical teams and equipment, leads the development of contingency doctrine and plans in support of interagency partners and both Combatant and Service Component Commands, oversees execution of current operations and planning for future operations, provides oversight of the command’s force protection and physical security program, and monitors intelligence operations that support contingency plans development and execution.

As Chief, Office of Homeland Security he leads programs and missions in support of the Departments of Homeland Security, Defense, and Army. He serves as the agency’s principal executive to assist Federal, state and local emergency management and response organizations in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from any emergency or all-hazards disaster to include mitigating risk associated with future events. His portfolio includes programs in flood risk management and critical water resources infrastructure.

Appointed to the Senior Executive Service in November 2014, Mr. Alexander has over 38 years of combined federal and private sector experience. Previously he served as Chief, Interagency and International Services (IIS), at Headquarters USACE.

Mr. Alexander became a Department of the Army Civilian in 2011, serving at Headquarters, USACE, initially as the Deputy Operations Officer (G3) followed by service as the Deputy Chief, Office of Homeland Security. From 2013 – 2014 he was Senior Director for Response Policy on the National Security Council Staff, in the Executive Office of the President. Before joining civil service, Mr. Alexander was in the private sector for over 5 years. He retired from the U.S. Army at the rank of Colonel in 2005 after more than 28 years of service.


  • Dec 2017 – Present: Director of Contingency Operations and Chief, Office of Homeland Security, Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, DC
  • Nov 2014 – Dec 2017: Chief, Interagency and International Services, Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, DC
  • Nov 2013 – Nov 2014: Senior Director for Response Policy, National Security Council Staff, The White House, Washington, DC
  • Oct 2011 – Nov 2013: Deputy Chief, Office of Homeland Security, Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, DC
  • Mar 2011 – Oct 2011: Deputy G3 (Plans, Training, Operations), Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, DC
  • Aug 2005 – Mar 2011: Private Sector Management and Consulting
  • Jun 2002 – Jul 2005: Commander and District Engineer, Wilmington District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Wilmington NC
  • Aug 2000 – Jun 2002: Faculty Instructor, US Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, PA
  • Jul 1999 – Jul 2000: Engineer Division Chief, Directorate of Combat Developments, US Army Maneuver Support Center, Ft. Leonard Wood, MO
  • Aug 1998 – Jun 1999: Student, US Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, PA
  • Jun 1996 – Jul 1998: Commander, 11th Engineer Battalion (Combat), 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, GA
  • May 1979 – Jun 1996: Various command and staff positions with the US Army worldwide


  • Master of Engineering, University of Virginia, 1987
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Richmond, 1979


  • Army Senior Executive Program – Basic Course, 2016; Intermediate Course, 2018
  • Force Integration Course for Senior Leaders – GO/SES, 2016
  • Security Cooperation Management – Executive Course, 2015
  • Mini-MBA Certificate, University of Richmond, 2005
  • US Army War College, 1999
  • Joint and Combined Staff Officers Course, US Armed Forces Staff College, 1994
  • US Army Command and General Staff College, 1991


  • Department of the Army Meritorious Civilian Service Award, 2017
  • Silver and Bronze Order of the de Fleury Medal, Army Engineer Association, 2005 and 1998
  • Order of the Long Leaf Pine, conferred by the Governor of North Carolina, 2005
  • Various Military Awards and Decorations


  • Society of American Military Engineers, Past Post-President
  • Army Engineer Association, Life Member
  • Association of the United States Army, Life Member
  • Military Officers Association of America, Life Member
  • US Army War College Alumni Association, Life Member
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars, Life Member