William J. "Bill" Carr, 64, of Daytona Beach, passed away Friday, November 8, 2013. He was born in Aurora, IL, July 19, 1949 and moved to Daytona Beach with his family in the early 1950's. He attended Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School and graduated from Seabreeze High School in 1967. A 1971 graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. Bill's 20-year military career was performed in the field of military personnel management, including service as Chief of Enlisted Management for Army forces in Korea; he also served with the U.S. Army Military Personnel Center as enlisted strength and readiness manager for the Pacific -- Korea, Panama, Hawaii -- and as the officer accessions manager for the Department of the Army. He worked with Armed Forces recruiting as commander of the Defense activity, managing recruit-eligibility screening for Hawaii and the Pacific region. Bill received Master of Science in Systems Management degree from the University of Southern California, and completed postgraduate work (Senior Officials in National Security) at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. In August, 2002, after retiring from military service, he was appointed as a Senior Executive in the Department of Defense. His last assignment prior to retirement was as the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Military Personnel Policy. While assigned to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, he was responsible for recruiting, retention, compensation, and related human resource management for the 1.4 million active duty military members of the U.S. Armed Services. He authored the Secretary of Defense 1990 report to Congress defining the Department of Defense goals and strategies for accomplishing then-forthcoming military manpower reductions, along with the legislation needed to execute those reductions. He also led the Department of Defense review of aviator personnel management, and authored the report to Congress outlining program deficiencies and legislation -- subsequently enacted -- to address pressing pilot shortages. Bill also authored the Department of Defense comprehensive review of Armed Forces Quality of Life -- compensation, housing, and support -- culminating in Defense reprogramming ($2.7 billion; 6 years) to accomplish the reforms outlined in that review. His accomplishments include award of the Department of Defense Superior Service Medal, Presidential Rank Award, and the Defense Civilian Career Service Award. After retiring, he returned to Daytona Beach where he resided with his high school sweetheart, Christine (Short) Carr who he married in 1988. They have one son, Darren Nash, and one granddaughter. He is also survived by his two dogs (sons) Louie and Guinness. There will be a memorial service on Friday, November 22, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church, 44 S. Halifax Dr., Ormond Beach, FL 32176. In addition, the remains will be inurned at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors at a later date. Mrs. Carr requests that anyone attending the memorial service wear red in honor of her husband. Memorial donations in his memory may be made to: Seabreeze High School Class of 67 Scholarship, Attention: Harold Bennett, 1213 Parkside Dr., Ormond Beach, FL 32174.
Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Nov. 18, 2013