Mr. Sabol is the Designated Federal Officer and Management Analyst assigned to support the Reserve Forces Policy Board (RFPB) since February 2013. In this position, he provides analysis of organizational structure, processes, rules, policies and statutes relative to the Reserve Forces Policy Board, in the context of the public law, with the goal of creating a more effective and streamlined organization and optimal workflow processes. In addition to statutory requirements under Title 10, and governance, this includes compliance under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) Management Program. He also provides operational support to the RFPB, including budget preparation and execution; resources management, skills assessment, facilities planning, and requirements development.
Mr. Sabol was previously the Principal Director to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Materiel and Facilities in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs and has served in this capacity from August 1999 until February 2013. He was responsible for managing the National Guard and Reserve Equipment and Military Construction requirements for the Defense Department’s Reserve components. From June 2004 through October 2005, Mr. Sabol served as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Reserve Affairs, Materiel & Facilities and was awarded the Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Medal in recognition of this assignment. Mr. Sabol previously served as an Active duty Naval Reserve officer in a number of key positions from March 1974 to August 1999, retiring after 25 years and achieving the rank of Navy Captain. He was commissioned an Ensign on April 1975 through the Aviation Reserve Officer Candidate Program (AVROC) at Pensacola, FL, and was designated a Naval Aviator in July 1976. During his Naval career, Mr. Sabol received a Naval Aviation warfare specialty as a helicopter pilot, conducting missions in Airborne Mine Countermeasures. He was assigned to squadrons HM-12, HM-16, and HM-18 at NAS Norfolk, VA, from September 1978 to July 1991, and culminated his operational flying career in December 1993, serving as the Commanding Officer of HM-19, NAS Alameda, CA. Throughout these tours he held a variety of assignments as a T-28B/C Aircraft Instructor Pilot, RH-53D Aircraft Standardization evaluator, Safety Officer, Maintenance Officer, Operations Officer, and Communications Officer. He also served on major staff assignments as the Airborne Mine Countermeasures Officer for COMHELTACWING ONE, NAS Norfolk, VA, and COMHELWINGRES, NAS North Island, CA, as the Manpower Branch Head and then later as the Director, Manpower, Personnel, Training, Mobilization on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations (N095), Director of Naval Reserves, and finally as the Director of Materiel for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs in the Materiel and Facilities Deputate.
Among his civilian and military awards and decorations are the Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Medal, Defense Exceptional Civilian Service Award (two awards), Defense Superior Service Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Citation, Meritorious Service Medal (one star), Navy Commendation Medal (one star), Navy Achievement Medal, Navy Unit Commendation (one star), Meritorious Unit Commendation (two stars), Battle “E” Ribbon (two “E”s), Navy Expeditionary Medal (one star), National Defense Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (one star), and Armed Forces Reserve Medal (Bronze Hour Glass).
He is a 1974 graduate of West Liberty State College with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Administration with a specialty in Marketing. He also attended the Naval War College, Newport, RI, receiving a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategy and Policy in 1995.
Alex is married to the former Anne M. Simon of Weirton, West Virginia. They reside in Centreville, Virginia, and have two children: a son, Bryon & daughter-in-law Melissa (Hanson) , and a daughter, Alexis & son-in-law, Mike Weisskopf.