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Major General Peter Gravett, Secretary for California Dept. of Vet. Affairs

Secretary Peter J Gravett discusses housing, education, employment, and health as it impacts women vets at the 2013 Women's Veterans Leadership conference in San Diego, CA

Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. appointed Peter J. Gravett to his Cabinet as Secretary of the California Department of Veteran Affairs on April 29, 2011.

Gravett is a retired Major General with more than 40 years of military service in the U.S. Army and the California Army National Guard serving initially as an enlisted soldier prior to being commissioned in 1968. During his career he served in numerous regions of the world including Asia, Central America, Western Europe and Central Europe where he was assigned as a Senior NATO Military Representative in Kiev, Ukraine with the Partnership for Peace Program. He was also stationed at various installations in the U.S. including duty at the Pentagon.

His military career culminated in 2002 while serving as Commanding General of the 40th Infantry Division (Mechanized). When he was promoted to the ranks of Major General and assigned to this position with the 40th ID in 1999 he became the first African American Army National Guard Division Commander in the 225 year history of the Army National Guard in the United States.

Gravett is also retired from the Los Angeles Police Department having served there for more than 20 years while simultaneously serving in the Army National Guard. During his law enforcement career, he was awarded the LAPD’s highest award, the Medal of Valor.

His military education includes graduation from the Command and General Staff College and the Army War College and numerous other professional development courses. His civilian education includes a Bachelor’s Degree from California State University Long Beach, a Master’s Degree from the University of Southern California and Executive Diploma’s from the University of Virginia and the JFK School of Government at Harvard University. He has been presented with more than 20 awards and decorations including the Legion of Merit and the Distinguished Service Medal.

Prior to his appointment as Department Secretary he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Traiden Global Solutions, a homeland security and emergency preparedness consulting firm.

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Interview with JP Tremblay

JP Tremblay, Deputy Secretary for California Veterna Affairs discusses Women Veterans and Veteran Benefits.

J.P. Tremblay was appointed June 2, 2006 by Governor Schwarzenegger as deputy secretary for communications and legislation for the California Department of Veterans Affairs. Before joining Veterans Affairs, Tremblay served in several executive and leadership roles in state government including, Assistant Secretary for Public and Employee Communications for the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Tremblay has had a long career in communications and public relations in both the news media and in state government. He began his career in the media as a business and government reporter with the Leader Newspaper Group in Los Angeles, which included the Glendale News-Press, and three community weekly newspapers. Tremblay moved to Sacramento in 1988 working in the Legislature are a communications consultant then returned to the news media in 1989 as an editor with the Sacramento Union. He moved to the Sacramento Union's Capitol Bureau in 1990 and covered state government and politics until 1993 when he moved into state government as a Deputy Director of Communications for former Governor Pete Wilson. During his current tenure with the state, Tremblay has served under four governors working in various executive and leadership roles including, the Governor's Office, the Department of Corrections, the Youth and Adult Correctional Agency, the Department of the Youth Authority and now the Department of Veterans Affairs. During his career he has earned several recognitions including the Crystal Award from the International Association of Business Communicators, the Veterans First Award from the California Department of Veterans Affairs, and being named a Finalist with the Innovations in American Government program from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

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