Mr. M. Alex Baird, Deputy Director, Defense Personnel and Family Support Center, assumed the duties of Acting Director on January 20, 2021. In this role, he oversees the daily operations of the Defense-wide missions of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR); the Military-Civilian Transition Office (MCTO), (formally Transition to Veterans Program Office (TVPO)), which includes the Transition Assistance Program and the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program (YRRP); the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP); and the Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP). Prior to Mr. Baird’s role as the Deputy Director, he was the Director of Family and Employer Programs and Policy (FEPP), within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower and Reserve Affairs (OASD-M&RA). Mr. Baird was responsible for developing and promoting programs and policies that addressed all family and employer issues for members of the National Guard and Reserve. FEPP’s portfolio included ESGR, YRRP, and Reserve Component Service Member and Family Readiness.Mr. Baird previously served as OASD-M&RA’s Director, Individual and Family Support Policy, and was responsible for improving collaboration and communication between National Guard and Reserve stakeholders, the Joint Staff, other Federal agencies, and non-profit supporters of our veterans, military members, and their families. In his last military assignment, he supported the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs in strategic planning and as a liaison to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Prior assignments include Air Staff, an advance training assignment at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Service, and a joint assignment with the Army at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas.Mr. Baird completed 24 years of active duty service in the United States Air Force as a Medical Service Corps Officer.Mr. Baird has a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management, a Master of Arts in Administration and Leadership, and a Master of Science in Psychology. He hails from Idaho Falls, Idaho.