Senior Vice President for Business Development, Enersol, Board Member Emeritus
U.S. Army, Retired
Les Brownlee is a retired Army Colonel. He was commissioned in 1962 as a lieutenant in the infantry through the ROTC program at the University of Wyoming. For his over four decades of service, he has been widely recognized for his tireless dedicated service to the U. S. Army, the U. S. Senate and the American people. He is a distinguished honor graduate of the U. S. Army Ranger Course; an honor graduate of both the Infantry Officer Advanced Course and the Command and General Staff College; and a graduate of the Army’s airborne course as well as the U. S. Army War College. He served two combat tours in Vietnam. His military decorations include the Silver Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Bronze Star with two Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Purple Heart.
Mr. Brownlee served as the Acting Secretary of the Army from May 2003 until his resignation December 2004. He became the 27th Under Secretary of the Army in November 2001, following his nomination by President George W. Bush and confirmation by the United States Senate. From May 2003 until November 2004, he served as the Acting Secretary of the Army. As Under Secretary, Brownlee assisted the Secretary in fulfilling statutory responsibilities for recruiting, organizing, supplying, equipping, training and mobilizing the United States Army and managing its $98.5 billion annual budget and more than 1.3 million active duty, National Guard, Army Reserve and civilian personnel. During the last two and a half years of a four and a half year tour in the Pentagon, before retiring in 1984, he was Military Executive to Under Secretary of the Army James Ambrose.
Following his active military career, for eighteen years Mr. Brownlee applied his military credentials on Capitol Hill: he served on the Republican Staff of the Senate Armed Services Committee (January 1987) under both Senator Strom Thurmond and Senator John Warner; March 1996, designated Staff Director of the Senate Committee on Armed Services by then Chairman, Sen. Thurmond. From 1987 to 1996, he was a Professional Staff member responsible for Army and Marine Corps programs, special operations forces and drug interdiction policy and support. In addition, as Deputy Staff Director, he was deeply involved in policies and programs relating to ballistic missile defense, strategic deterrence and naval strategy, shipbuilding and weapons programs. In January 1999 Mr. Brownlee was designated Staff Director for then Chairman Sen. Warner serving until November 2001 when he was confirmed as the Under Secretary of the Army.
He holds a masters degree in business administration from the University of Alabama.