The Honorable William A. Navas Jr served as Chairman of the Reserve Forces Policy Board from 2005 – 2006.
William A. Navas Jr. (born December 15, 1942) is a retired United States Army Major General who served as the Director of the Army National Guard. He is also the first Puerto Rican to be named an Assistant Secretary of the Navy.
Mr. Navas was born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico on December 15, 1942. His family has a long tradition of military service, including his grandfather, Colonel Antonio M. Navas, who served in both World Wars. His father, Captain William A. Navas Sr. served in World War II and had a successful career in civil engineering upon his retirement from the military.
Mr. Navas received his primary and secondary education in his hometown of Mayagüez. After graduating from high school, he enrolled in the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus, and received his Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering. He joined the Beta-Activo Chapter of Phi Sigma Alpha fraternity, and served as chapter president from 1963 to 1964.
In addition to his degree from the University of Puerto Rico, Mr. Navas completed a Master of Science degree in Management Engineering at the University of Bridgeport.
Mr. Navas completed Army qualification courses for the Engineer, Military Police, and Infantry branches. He also completed specialty courses including Jungle Warfare. He was the Distinguished Graduate of his class at the United States Army Command and General Staff College, and graduated from the Inter-American Defense College. Mr. Navas also completed the Program for Senior Managers in Government at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
In 1981 he became a full-time member of the National Guard. After serving in several assignments at the Headquarters of the Puerto Rico National Guard, in 1987 he was selected to succeed Richard D. Dean as Deputy Director of the Army National Guard and promoted to Brigadier General.
Mr. Navas and his wife Wilda reside in Arlington, Virginia. They have two married children William A.,III and Gretchen, and one granddaughter.