Mr. Christopher A. Kapellas was appointed the Director, Human Resources Directorate on July 27, 2015. In this position he manages the Washington Headquarters Services (WHS) human resources activities and provides human resources and personnel security services to diverse clientele — Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) and other serviced Defense Agencies and DoD Field Activities. His responsibilities include human resources servicing for approximately 6,000 civilians and over 2,800 military personnel along with associated personnel security operations.
In March 2013, Mr. Kapellas was appointed to the Senior Executive Service and assigned as Deputy Director, Human Resources Directorate. Previously, Mr. Kapellas held positions in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Comptroller and Chief Financial Officer as a senior budget analyst working Overseas Contingency Operations appropriations matters, and in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy as the Acting Deputy Director for Enterprise Services, as the Director, Human Capital, and as the Director, Executive Secretariat. Before serving the Department of Defense as a civil servant, Mr. Kapellas was an Active duty Air Force colonel serving in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Affairs as the Senior Military Assistant.
Mr. Kapellas holds a master’s degree in Political Science from Midwestern State University, Texas; and a Bachelors Degree in Far Eastern Area Studies from the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado, graduating as the outstanding cadet in a far eastern language; Chinese. Mr. Kapellas is also a graduate of Air Command and Staff College and the Air War College, Alabama, and the Federal Executive Institute